There are a whole lot of babies happening right now. I'm trying to convince myself that it's just that time of year but realistically it's probably got more to do with the fact that I've hit that age when my friends are starting to have families of their own. Usually if I've got the time to make something as a baby gift I like to make one of my many vintage toy patterns. Admittedly as of late I haven't had much time to sew (this is going to change) and there has been a whole lot of store bought gifts going on. I recently got a special request for a handmade quilt. At first I had a bit of a grump on about making a quilt, but in the end I loved the whole process and I can't wait to make more. Here's how it turned out:
When my nephew Ezra was a baby I was really surprised by how obsessed he was by fabric tags. If he had a plush animal that had a dangling fabric label, it was the label that held his attention and not the toy itself. I wanted to somehow incorporate a third dimension to the quilt without it being a 'taggie' blanket, I'm not a fan of the taggie. From the top photo you may not realise, but the outer triangles of fabric are essentially bunting flags that baby can play with to his heart's delight. Here's a detail:
I'd like to make more of these quilts and sell them in my (currently empty) Etsy shop. I've got some ideas involving fabric nursery packs, whereby you can basically create a unique look for baby's room using fabric accessories.
Along with creating more quilts, I've got to learn how to photograph quilts. I'm not happy with the way the top photo turned out in relation to how the quilt actually looks. If anyone has any quilt photography tips, I'd be grateful for the advice.