Hexies for Liam

Last year in the chaos of moving to Seattle, I somehow forgot to make a baby quilt for one of my cousins! Her second child, and the first boy, was born last July and it wasn't until I received an invitation to his first birthday party that I realized I had never made him a baby quilt. I had these prints in my stash, so I thought I'd play around with some hexagons. I drafted a hexagon template based on the best size to use with fat quarters (my hexie template has 3" sides, if you'd like to replicate it). The fat quarter set that I had wasn't quite enough, so I pulled some other prints from my stash as well.
(Whoops, Matt is holding the quilt upside down here! That's what I get for quickly snapping some pictures just before packing up for our trip!)
Hexies for Liam
I quilted it in an all over meandering with a green veriagated thread like I used here.
Hexies for Liam
The binding is a print from Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry.
Hexies for Liam
And on the back I used two flannels from my stash. The yellow is part of Anna Maria Horner's  collection (the softest flannel EVER!). And the green is a print from JoAnn's. It was too cute to pass up!
Hexies for Liam - back
How cute are those animals?!?
Hexies for Liam - back
At approximately 35" x 42", this quilt is still a great size for a toddler to snuggle under. And I just received a thank you from my cousin saying that Liam has been doing just that!

For Oliver with Love - Blogger's Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side
Last year at this time we were just settling into our house in Seattle, and I blogged about my What Lies Ahead quilt for Blogger's Quilt Festival. That quilt was a wedding gift for my step brother and his wife, who are now expecting a baby! So it only seems appropriate that I would show For Oliver With Love, the baby quilt that I made for them, this year!
When I first started thinking about a baby quilt for Oliver, I asked my SIL to send me some pics of the nursery. She sent along this image:
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The very first thing that I noticed was the Aviary 2 print in the pillows. I was surprised to see a fabric that I recognized, especially a fabric from the exact same line that I used for their wedding quilt! I ordered some Aviary 2 and started thinking more about a design for the quilt. The wire baskets hung on the wall really stuck out in my mind, so using that idea I came up with what I'm calling the "Orange Crates" design for the quilt front. Just as I did in the wedding quilt, I added in some solids with the prints.
For Oliver with Love
(This is what happens when you ask your 4-year old to tightly grip the edges of a quilt as it dangles precariously above water:)
For Oliver with Love
As I was piecing the top, I started to think about the quilt back. I wanted something personal, so I started with the idea of improv piecing "Oliver". That soon evolved into "For Oliver with Love".
For Oliver with Love
Some closer shots of the front:
For Oliver with Love
And back:
For Oliver with Love
I had to use double batting in this quilt, because the dark letters were showing through to the front. I was a bit worried about the quilt looking too poofy with the extra batting, so I did some simple, dense, organic line quilting. A quick trip through the washer and dryer, and it still looks great! The quilting does shrink the quilt up a bit width-wise, which I think will relax with use.
For Oliver with Love
I machine stitched the binding on with the help of fusible thread (thanks for the tip, Felicity!), and added a label.
For Oliver with Love
The quilt is now on it's way to my step brother and SIL, hopefully it will arrive before Oliver makes his appearance!
For Oliver with Love
Details:
Prints are Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry
Solids are Kona in meringue, curry, coal, and charcoal. Quilter's Linen in stone.
Binding is Quilter's Linen in stone.
Organic line quilting
Finished size: 40" x 57"
For Oliver with Love
Now all there is to do is anxiously wait to hear that Oliver has arrived!

Be sure to hop over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival to check out all of the great quilts people are sharing!