Monday, September 13, 2010

Design Wall Monday

Quilts for Children...

This week I spent my time working on quilts for children.  And first up is the quilt top Debra and I made for Quilts of Valor on Saturday.  Yes, the military personnel are children to all of us as they protect our beautiful country.  To read more and to see how you can help, visit my post from yesterday.

Then I got stuck saying my "ABC's" and just couldn't stop.  I've heard of that being called an ear worm.  My niece is expecting her third son in October and my new boss (recently promoted co-worker) is expecting her first grandchild in November.  What better to celebrate than to make baby quilts.  So my design wall is filled with ABCs.

First up is the quilt for my great nephew to be.  It's an Andover Fabrics 2004 quilt panel from the "Children of the Inner Light" line.  I didn't want the traditional look of adding a red border and then a scrappy black and white 2nd border.  Instead, I see this quilt with lots of color so I cut lots of 4.5 squares.  I used animal prints, mostly cats and dogs with a few frogs and hippos thrown in.  Right now I don't think I'll add another border.  Now how do I see additional color being added you say?  When I finish this quilt I plan to gift it with Crayola crayons and freezer paper.  Don't you think a kid would love coloring in the images?  Very non-traditional indeed!

The next quilt is for my boss' first grandchild which will be a girl.  I saw this ABC panel from Moda that was designed to be made into a book.  You can see the book on Moda Bake Shop site.  However, I don't need a book, I need a quilt.  So I made this darling quilt top instead.  I have enough of the border fabric for the backing.  Now I need to figure out the binding.

Since I was making ABC quilts, I decided to use the last panel I had in my stash.  This quilt just so happens to be in the American Patchwork & Quilting October 2010 issue.  However, I purchased the panel before all that and saw a similar pattern on All People Quilt that I'd plan to use.  This one is my favorite and I'm not quite sure that I'll be able to give it away without crying.  I need to square up the square in the square blocks before continuing.  I don't think I'll be adding that rick-rack either or at least I don't think so at this stage.

More design walls are waiting for your perusal at Patchwork Times.
Tea in MO


  1. Cute, cute, cute. These are lucky babies!

  2. WOW 3 ABCs quilts and there all evry different from themselves. Graet job

  3. I love all the different versions of ABC quilts. I think I'd have a hard time giving away the last version as well. I really like the idea of giving crayons with the black and white quilt.

  4. Love them all! Such creativity.


  5. Wonderful alphabet quilts. I think I like the last one best also.

  6. What a lovely variety of baby quilts!

  7. All very good looking panels with yummy colors mixed in! Fun, fun.


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