A Quilt Consultation Book

One of our friends is expecting a baby, so of course I would like to make her a quilt!  I want it to reflect her taste, not mine, though, so I prepared a little notebook of samples for her to choose from.

Each sample is pieced and quilted differently, and uses a different type of batting.  Two have bindings, one machine-sewn and one hand-sewn, and one has facings.

Baby quilt samples in different styles — my take on traditional, modern, and improvisational. Your interpretation may vary!

“Traditional” – A Nine Patch block with Orange Peel quilting and hand-stitched binding.

“Modern” – lots of solid fabrics, gray, asymmetrical placement of pieces.

“Improvisational” – Unpredictable placement of scrappy fabrics.

The sample backs, showing three different edge techniques.

One thing that surprised me, after years of struggling to get big quilts through a domestic sewing machine, is that these little samples weren’t so easy to maneuver either — it was hard to get enough fabric to grab them by.  But I made it clear in my supporting literature that these are just samples and that the real thing will have absolutely no different quality issues.

And of course all of these were made with scraps, which qualifies them for March ScrapHappy Day!

I used a little photo album with clear pockets to hold the samples, and I filled the other pages with photos of other baby quilts I have made in the past, to give her some further choices.

Two of the photo pages.

I look forward to hearing her ideas at our consultation.  But, just in case this is all too overwhelming for a new mom, I told her she was welcome to rely on the phrase that my diplomatic daughters use whenever I ask their input on a project — “I trust your artistic judgment implicitly.” 🙂

ScrapHappy Day is the 15th of each month. Thank you to Kate and Gun for coming up with this concept, and for hosting, and for encouraging all of us!  Drop by and see how the other participants are using scraps this month:

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, HayleyJohanna, Joanne, Jon and Dawn