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When you start a day off with the mail delivering this how can you go wrong? Had to get some more of the wonderful Katie Jump Rope (and more) for a commissioned quilt and magically some other lovely (mostly pink) fabric snuck into the order… how did that happen?!?

New Fabric!

I’m making lots of progress here… Just have to hand stitch down the binding now!

What A Bunch of Squares being quiltedWhat A Bunch of Squares Progress

I just realized that the fabric I mentioned is designed by Denyse Schmidt, and the pattern of this quilt is too.  Gee – think I’m a fan??

And to wrap up this post, I’d just like to say how wonderful this whole community is. I know that this is not news, but I started my blog so recently and to have so many lovely people say such nice things to me right off the bat is really so so wonderful. It makes me happy! So thank you!!

I just finished a gender neutral baby quilt top for yet some more friends who are expecting. It’s the Denyse Schmidt pattern “What A Bunch Of Squares” which I love. It was fun to make as I didn’t really follow the pattern. I just made squares in the style of the pattern, meanwhile making sure that there was variation among them.

One Block

These colors were requested and it took me a long time to get inspired by the fabrics. I decide to use more solids than I usually do in order to push myself out of my quilting comfort zone. As the top started coming together I started to feel a bit better about it… I’m not sure.  I do love the design, and I know that once it’s quilted and crinkly it always improves.  Hopefully it will only grow on me from here!

What A Bunch of Squares Baby Quilt Top

When I feel like making something that I know I’m going to finish in one or two sewing sessions, I tend to make purses.  I wish I had the courage to start making myself some clothes but it just isn’t calling me…  Hopefully some day.  A skirt or two – that’s what I need to start with!

Here are some of the bags I’ve made:

Spring Tote

And here are the results of my obsession with the wonderful Mail Sack Pattern from Pink Chalk Studio.  Kathy’s blog was one of the first that I stumbled across when I started discovering the crafty blog world and it has provided me with endless inspiration!

I know that I mentioned this quilt in my first post, but I thought that I’d post more specifically about it.  People seem to have reacted well to it, so here are some of my thoughts on how I came up with it.

I was very influenced by all of the wonderful stacked coin, or chinese coin quilts that are on flickr.  Like this one, and this one.  So simple and modern and beautiful!

From there, the parents had requested light green, so I had that as a jumping off point.  I went with colors that I felt really are not specifically boy or girl-ish.  As much as I love to use loads of pinks, to me, the instant that there is even a little pink in a quilt, it becomes girly.  That and bold florals.  I feel like a Dad looking as a quilt with loads of flowers in it just won’t think it’s right for his baby boy.  Granted, there are exceptions to everything, but this is my thinking…  Add that all up, (plus lots of fussy cutting of Heather Ross‘ amazingly fun and whimsical fabrics) and you get this result!

Gender Neutral Baby Quilt

Gender Neutral Baby Quilt Back

Gender Neutral Baby Quilt Close Up


Gender Neutral Baby Quilt Back Close Up

Gender Neutral Baby Quilt All Folded Up

Update: A few people have asked about the measurements of this quilt… it’s 45″ x 60″. The columns are 6″ wide and all of the sashing and the border are 4″ wide.

I finished this quilt yesterday and tomorrow I’m off to the shower where it will be given as a gift.  I’m super happy with how it came out.  Pink and baby, yet with wonderful fabrics and not too cutesy…

Hopefully the parents love it as much as I do.  Do any of you struggle with giving away your quilts??  I find that the initial idea of letting it go can be tough, but then I realized that once I finish a quilt and put it away so that the cats can’t roll around on it and get it dirty, I only look at the photos of it anyhow.  So I figure, I still can!  Plus nothing makes me happier than getting photos of babies layin’ around on one of my quilts!