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Huxley’s Monster Quilt

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A couple weeks ago, I shared with you that I was working on a quilt for my soon-to-be nephew, Huxley.  But somehow, between getting a cold, and generally being a slacker I didn’t get around to finishing the quilt until late last week. Which is pretty sad, when you realize that all I actually had to do was some basic quilting and binding.

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It turned out OK, though.  I still got it done before Huxley arrived. As a matter of fact, we’re still waiting on him.  In the mean time, I want to share a few photos of his new quilt with you.

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Because of the fussy cutting, I didn’t have enough yardage left from the crib sheet to do the back, so the back is done in simple polka dot yardage.  The binding on this quilt is a scrappy binding made from some of the leftover fabric from the quilt top. I’m pleased with how the quilt came out, and can’t wait to give it to Huxley.

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Do you make quilts as baby gifts?  If you do, do you have a go to pattern, or do you try to customize the quilt for each baby?

Sharing over at:
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, WIP Wednesday at
Freshly Pieced, Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday at A Quarter Inch from the Edge,
Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

11 Comments

  1. anna in spain on October 20, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I have made several baby quilts in my time. What I do patternwise depends on what I have on hand and who the recipient is. I can’t go out and buy a lot of fabric so I usually do a simple applique, like the hearts of the Creation quilt or a simple animal appliqué that I did a few years ago. I’m reaching an age, though, where my acquaintances are beyond the baby years. You know you’re getting older when suddenly it’s stuff for their grandkids, not their kids! 😉

    I like that you chose a dark fabric for the lining, so that it can be placed “pretty side up” on the floor or wherever. When I was first married (1982) here in Spain it was customary to dress tiny babies in white…often with white satin sashes and shoulder bows!…and all their accessories (bibs, bottle covers etc) were white with little embroidered bits. Over the past 10 years young, often working, mums have realised that dressing a baby or toddler in white just means lots and lots of laundry! We’ve gotten over “gender coding” by colour, and over the pale “baby” pastels…little kids now run around in bright colours and sensible clothes!

    • Andrea on October 20, 2015 at 8:23 am

      One thing I love about living where I do is the ability to purchase just about any type of fabric that I would like locally. And if for some reason I can’t find what I want locally, there is an endless supply of places to get fabric online, that will ship to me for free. I’m glad to hear that everyone seems to have gone away from gender coded clothes there. Kids around here wear a plethora of colors, but there still seems to be an overwhelming amount of pink for girls- which probably only bothers me because I was never a fan of pink as a child. I’m more inclined to wear it now, because it looks good on me, but it’s never going to be my favorite color.

  2. anna in spain on October 20, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I hear you!! I remember when as a small child my family moved into their new house…as I feared, the room I shared with my sister was painted pale pink, while my brother’s was boy-blue. My sister was blonde so she was given baby blue for headbands or whatever, me with the brown hair–you guessed it, pink! Oh I got tired of it!

    Back in the 90s I “had my colours done” and discovered that my mother had spent her life dressing me in the pale pastels that suited her colouring, not mine. I am a “winter” so I go for jewel tones like ruby, emerald and amethyst for choice. I still have a knee-jerk reaction against pink, buttercup yellow, and orange–my mom’s favourites!

  3. Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge on October 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Those fussy cut monsters are perfect… as is your selection of fabrics. Sometimes I have baby quilts all ready in my stash and gift those (I like making baby quilts when I get the urge to start a new quilt). But when it’s a close friend or family member, I usually make something just for their little one… with extra love sewn in. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF (again!)

    • Andrea on October 24, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks Jenn! I try to make special quilts for close friends and family, but like you, I do love to make smaller quilts. They’re easier to do on my machine, I get to work with a wider range of fabrics, and they’re less expensive. 🙂

  4. Emilee on October 23, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Love the mike & sulley blocks! Too cute!

    • Andrea on October 24, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you Emilee. That fabric is actually fussy cut from a crib sheet that matches the baby’s new room.

  5. Sue Kaiser on October 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I love the monster quilt. Very cute. I have made lots of baby quilts and each one was different. I try to choose fabric that coordinates with the nursery or things that the parent choose in their registry.

    • Andrea on October 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Sue! That is often how I make my baby quilts. I need to find some new patterns that inspire me.

  6. Jesi on November 3, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I think it’s gorgeous. I love both the pattern and the colors.

    • Andrea on November 3, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks Jesi! Huxley’s mom liked it, so I’d say it was a home run.

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