Finito! – Gender Neutral Baby Quilt

So if you follow my Instagram, you’d know I’m a couple of days late on this post – apologies! Anywho, I recently finished my second custom order which was for a gender neutral baby quilt.

As it turns out, creating a gender neutral baby quilt is kinda hard. So many fabrics out there are either inappropriate (florals for a gender neutral baby quilt just don’t sit quite right for me, ya know?), or the tones seem to swing towards boy or girl.

I witnessed an amazing double rainbow when I was seeking some inspiration, and I thought a rainbow was definitely gender neutral. If you’re a reader of my blog, you’d also know that I LOVE chevron. Like a lot. Not a little. A Whole. Dam. Lot. So … rainbow chevron it was!

Chevron Baby Quilt

Here’s the final piece .. Happy! (I have that Pharrell Williams song running through my head right now !!)

I had a lot of difficulty with this quilt if I’m honest .. A multitude of errors / happenings occurred which made me really thankful to complete this one without tearing my hair out. For instance, a mixture of new walking foot, first time quilting with 2 fabric types – cotton & flannel, wrong bobbins for machine, and lack of thread meant this quilt really tugged on my frustration strings.

The back is plain white flannel, because I originally intend on quilting this using matching rainbow thread on the back. The bobbin issue, as well as the different fabrics and me being new to using a walking foot meant I couldn’t get my stitch tension right, and the bottom coloured thread kept pulling through onto my quilt top, which was not a good look. So after perservering for 3 days, I threw in the towel (yep, I’m slightly ashamed to admit it) .. But seriously, unpicking the same row of thread countless time is hard on my heart, and hard on my fabric.

So the quilt back and top ended up being stitch with white thread only. I don’t mind the effect. You can definitely still see the chevron pattern on the quilt back.

I finished this quilt off with multi coloured binding, which really works on the plain white back. All in all, even though there was a lot of unpicking for this quilt, I’m really happy with it.

 

I’ve shown a photo to my girlfriend who ordered this quilt, and she loves it .. So happy happy happy!!


 

I’ve now moved onto my next home / craft project which I am VERY excited about .. DIY bar / coffee station coming up!

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Gender Neutral Baby Quilt

Would you / did you find out the gender of your baby whilst pregnant?

It’s a question I’ve recently asked myself, because one of the orders I recently received has requested a gender neutral baby quilt. In our circle of friends, almost everyone who has been expecting has found out the gender of their baby at their 20 or so week scan, so it’s not something I’ve really thought about until now. When the time comes, I think I’d like to keep it a secret .. Only because I think it’s one of the only things that is truly a surprise in life.

Anywho, I trotted off to get some fabric for this quilt and found that a lot were obviously boy or girl fabrics, or suited to different themes. I thought a rainbow was gender neutral, and because I love chevron so much, I went with a chevron pattern with white in between.

I know a rainbow has purple in there too, but the tones were definitely suited to a girl .. So I decided to skip that.

Rainbow Chevron Quilt TopHere’s my completed quilt top. I’ll take a close up of the white fabric, because it has some polka dots on it which are just adorable.

I took the plunge and decided to invest in a walking foot too! So I started quilting last night. The quilt top is cotton, and the quilt back is flannel so I’m really glad I invested and bought the genuine walking foot .. It has already been so helpful so far!

Let me know your thoughts – you know I love to hear them!

 

 

 

 

Sewing Machine Accessories – 1/4 Inch Piecing Foot

1/4″ Piecing Foot with Guide

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m sometimes a little tight with money. I really don’t like throwing our hard earned dollars away, so if I can find a product of equal (in reality, sometimes a lesser) quality, then I’ll generally do so depending on what the product is. The reason I’m bringing this up is because on the weekend, I purchased a genuine sewing accessory; specifically a Brother quarter inch piecing foot with guide.

In Australia, we use centimetres and metres so inches and feet was a bit of a jump for me when I made my first quilt. After some research online, I realised you could buy a quarter inch piecing foot where all you would need to do is line up  the edge of your fabric with the edge of the foot to get a perfect quarter inch seam (in my case, an almost perfect quarter inch seam).

I had a look online for these feet when I first started quilting and saw that genuine Brother ones cost between $20 – 40 AUD, which was a small fortune when, at the time, I wasn’t entirely sure whether I’d be any good at this quilting thing. So I purchased a cheapy on eBay, which didn’t suit my machine, and moved around A LOT, when I sewed.

I went to my local craft store to buy some fabric for my new orders over the weekend, and saw that they sold genuine Brother accessories. The 1/4″ piecing foot cost $24.95, which really is a small fortune for such a small piece of metal. This is the one I purchased.

Because I started piecing my half square triangles on the weekend for my next quilt, I just wanted to share that sometimes it really is worth investing that little bit extra into a genuine, quality sewing accessory. 

Having used the cheapy one for at least 9 months now, I’m totally kicking myself that I didn’t buy the genuine one from the get go. I used to find that my squares were often a little out, which made getting crisp clean joins a total nightmare, and I believe the reason I found it so hard was because my cheapy foot would bounce around all the time.

The same cannot be said for my new 1/4″ piecing foot with guide. It is FANTASTIC! It’s strong, it’s stable, and it doesn’t move around. Using this foot with the guide made piecing 120 HST’s SO blooming easy .. because the foot fits my machine perfectly, seeing as it is a Brother accessory.

I think there are plenty of occasions when you can substitute a replica product for a genuine product in the craft world, and we all work so hard to support our craft habits that I can understand why we sometimes choose to buy a cheaper, but inferior product. On this occasion though, I’m glad I invested a few more dollars because it is going to make my sewing journey so much easier.


Walking Foot

I have a question for all you quilters out there .. Do you use a walking foot for you quilting?

The reason I ask is because I purchased a walking foot on eBay which is not a genuine product. I tried quilting with it on my sewing machine for my second ever quilt, and it was a nightmare, so I previously used my cheapy piecing foot. My local craft store sells the genuine Brother walking foot for my machine for about $54.95, which I feel is a big investment for something so small .. Are walking feet really necessary for quilting? Do you think I’ll find quilting easier if I use a walking foot?

I would really love to hear your opinion!

Baby Alphabet Cross Stitch

Baby Alphabet Cross StitchJust a cute, simple baby alphabet cross stitch that I wanted to share with you, being my latest finished piece.

I think this would be a really cute baby shower gift, and would be a simple addition to a nursery.

What do you think?

Sewing Space

Craft RoomAwhile ago I mentioned that Mr A surprised me with a new desk and new shelving for an area of our study that would be a dedicated craft area.

Mr A put up my pegboard last week, and I just wanted to share what a difference it has made storage wise! If you’re thinking of getting  a peg board, they’re relatively inexpensive, and you can design and customise the backing to suit whatever you’d like.

At the moment I’ve left mine white for the moment, and there’s still a lot of space to fill .. but that’s okay, I’m going to head to the craft store to stock up soon hehe!!