Heyyoooooo!!! I’ve been a bit busy the past few months!! I finally gave birth to our sweet baby Nova Pearl July 20th (10 whole days after her “due date”! She was a whopping 9lbs and she is the sweetest babe ever! I can’t even remember what it was like being a family of 4, she adds such a perfect dimension to our family! Now let’s talk about the baby quilt I made her :)
I don’t know if any of you follow me on Instagram, but a few months ago, I was torturing myself putting this quilt together! I made zero shortcuts, every dang diamond was sewn on individually. It took me FOREVER. I had this thing though, where I NEEDED to finish it before the baby was born. Probably one of the reasons she was late, LOL.
I made such an effort to have no same colors touching each other and moved and rearranged the pieces a million times to get the look I wanted. I LOVE how it ended up!!! The fabric line I used was Grunge by Moda. I used a jelly roll, which I bought from my local Quilt shop, a Quilter’s Folly. I just loved the muted rainbow look. The feel of these colors make such a juvenile thing such as rainbows seem a bit more mature :) Which is kind of silly, since it is, after all, a baby quilt, but I like how it just looks a bit more sophisticated :D
I started to freak out as I was nearing the end, I was running out of pieces to finish the square of the blanket!! I had to get creative and dig smaller scraps out of the garbage and sew them together to finish! But thank goodness with creativity and perseverance, I got it done!
I quilted it by sewing around the star bits so there are eight-sided stars sewn onto the back, which for some reason, I was having a HELL of a time photographing, so this is the best I could do. Use your imagination for the rest ;) OH, and also, this blanket has been used in the past 6 weeks and I wasn’t about to iron it before taking pictures of it this morning so excuse the wrinkles, ha!
The dress, of course, is handmade :D it is the little Geranium dress from Made by Rae, which is a free pattern, WOOHOO! I used this double gauze I got from Fabric.com. It is different from other gauzes I’ve used, very wrinkly and not as soft as the Japanese ones, but it works perfect for this little baby dress :) I wouldn’t use it for an adult garment, though.
Nova isn’t the biggest fan of tummy time, she doesn’t cry, but she is clearly not joyous about it.. But I wanted to get a pic of the buttons in the back. I clearly didn’t manage to get those said buttons, but here’s a non-frowny picture!
I love this little pattern. I made another dress for her with this pattern too, that I’m dying to take pictures of, but haven’t found the time to yet. Maybe soon! It is just so perfectly adorable and simple.
I’m so happy this lucky girl gets to have this awesome quilt to keep as an heirloom! If I hadn’t finished it before she was born, I don’t think I would have had the heart to finish it after, ha! It took almost all I had! Let me tell you, being on your hands and knees basting a quilt and then hunching over quilting it at 9+ months pregnant is no easy feat! This might have been the most energy I’ve ever put into a blanket, but it was so worth it in the end :)
Can we all just stop now and appreciate how hilarious babies are? I’m obviously no newborn photographer, LOL