May 15, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2015 - Entry #2 - Baby Circle Quilts

spring 2015 BQF ButtonIt's the annual Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival created and hosted by Amy at Amy's Creative Side. It's grown into a HUGE online quilt show! A fabulous time to ogle quilts and find new online quilters to follow and maybe even connect with.

My apologies to the regulars for the repetition. To new visitors, thanks for stopping by!

My Entry #2 is in the category of  APPLIQUE QUILTS (this is the link where you will find all the other quilts in this category) and my entry is called ... the very original ... "Baby Girl and Boy Circle Quilts".  

These were started in preparation for 2 gender-unknown spring babies. Since my stash wasn't leaning toward "gender neutral", I decided to prepare for both possibilities, hence 4 circle quilts - two girly and two boyish. 

A lot of firsts here for this relative beginner/intermediate quilter. Circles. Raw-edge machine applique, organic wavy line quilting. It was fun to choose fabrics and threads for these. 

I didn't use any fancy applique techniques. I just cut 5" circles and placed them in the centre of 7" squares, securing them with a single pin, and then zig-zag stitched around the edge with a coordinating or contrasting thread. 
They washed up so wonderfully soft and cuddly. I like to imagine these quilts as being not only kind of I-Spy-ish in design but, more than that, inspiration for the telling of stories, singing of songs and nursery rhymes, word and number play, making connections, and ... as babies get older ... for a tangle of "toddler twister" games (left hand on snails, right foot on Paris, right hand on rain, left foot on glasses).  

Quilt Stats
Name: Baby Boy and Girl Circle Quilts (very original)
Size: 39" x 33" (37" x 32" washed)
Pattern: None - 5" circles and 7" squares in a 5x6 block arrangement
Fabrics: Various solids and prints from stash ... no particular fabric lines
Backing: Yellow and white dog and cat print on the boy quilts and pink cloud and castle brushed cotton on the girl quilts (I don't remember the fabric lines)
Binding: Black and white check on the boy and scrappy on the girl using fabrics from some of the circles
Quilting: Organic wavy lines using a walking foot
If you care to, you can read more about the girl quilts here and the boy quilts here. There are a whole lot more photos and chatter.

And here's a photo of one of the girly quilts with a little dress that will be soon delivered to a little Hannah who was born at the end of April. And this is a wee vintage crib ... the very one yours truly spent her baby nights in ... as did my 3 brothers.


  1. I really like these, especially the pictures of the quilts after you washed them. They have such great texture.

  2. I can't believe you made four quilts! they are lovely, such a great design. i'd like to make a circle quilt someday but I think I'd need a Sizzix to cut the circles out and I'd probably pucker them as I applique'd

  3. Very fun quilts! Love the snuggle factor.:)

  4. What a great way to show off some favorite fabrics!

  5. Love the picture in the crib!! Great creativity! My grandchildren love "I Spy" quilts. It will be a treasure!

  6. That's a lot of circles! These are all great. Love the bold colors. I'm sure they will be cherished.

  7. Oh my goodness, what sweet, fun quilts!