Sunday, May 22, 2011

Echino Baby Quilt

This past Saturday, I went to a baby shower for a girl in my church.  I wanted to make her a baby quilt, but I don't know her very well, so I wasn't sure what to do.  Oh yeah, her and her husband have decided not to find out the sex of the baby, so whatever I was going to make had to be gender neutral, but it also had to be cool, because this couple is really cool!  I feel totally uncool for saying that, but it's true!

At first, I thought about making a quilt out of scraps I had, but as I started pulling them, I just wasn't feeling it.  I kept thinking about the Echino glasses and camera fabric (I'm really on an Echino kick lately), and I thought it seemed like "them."  Normally, I wouldn't have thought of those fabrics for a baby quilt, but a while back, I had seen this picture on Flickr of a baby quilt using Echino, and I thought it was a brilliant idea!

So, a week ago Monday, I went to Momen+ (they're gonna miss me when I'm gone, I think), and got all the fabric I needed - the glasses, the cameras, and solids.  Started cutting and piecing Monday and Tuesday, and spent Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday quilting and binding it.

I love the back!  I just used scraps of what I had cut from the front.

As far as the quilting goes, I went back and forth with how to do it.  At first, I thought I would just do vertical straight lines.  Then I changed it to horizontal straight lines.  Then I thought I would do diagonal lines in the corner blocks, vertical lines in the middle top and bottom blocks, horizontal in the middle side blocks, and a concentric square in the middle middle block.  Then I kept that idea, but changed the middle middle block to be an X with echo quilting.  Whew!  Does anyone else change their mind as much as I do? 

Here's a few closer up pictures of the quilting...

Oh, and after i did the binding, I realized that I made a small oopsie (did I just say that?) - you can see some of the print from the selvedge.  Oopsie!  Obviously, I didn't care enough to fix it.

I'm super happy with how it came out, and the mom-to-be seemed to really like it.  Strangely enough, she got a stuffed giraffe from someone else that almost exactly matched the colors in this quilt!  Funny how those things work sometimes.

Edited:  I'm linking up to Sew Modern Monday on Canoe Ridge Creations!


  1. Love it! I am totally crazy for that glasses print lately, can't seem to find any tho :( But I love the idea of using if for a baby quilt! Hadn't even thought of that!

  2. Yay! I'm glad she liked it (of COURSE she liked it!) It looks really cool. Way cooler than you mentioning how uncool you are for thinking that they are too cool for an uncool quilt. :)

  3. I love, love, love it! The quilting is fabulous!

  4. that quilting is amazing! and I love how you did the back, very cool! cant wait to see the cloud nine quilt!

  5. love it! What a cool baby quilt!

  6. So beautiful! I love seeing Echino on a quilt. The back is my favorite part, it's wonderful!

  7. LOVE THIS!!!! Your quilting looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

  8. I LOVE this! You are so cool. :)