Quiltmaker Scrap Squad

Quiltmaker Scrap Squad
Quiltmaker Scrap Squad

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Baby Quilts

This is the first quilt that I ever made.  We were living in Alaska, where my husband was stationed during the Korean War in 1954.  I desided that I would make a quilt, so bought an applique pattern and fabric.  I did one block and thought that was enough for me!  Since I was expecting a baby, I made the block into a baby quilt.  I can't believe how close I maching quilted that little quilt on an old electric portable machine.  Except for the satin binding, it has held up quite well over 56 years.
It was many years before I really found the joy of making quilts.  Now it is my passion and I make way too many!

Steve's 1st Baby Quilt 1954

Detail quilt

My next attempt at a quilt was in 1956 when Steve was about a year old.  I didn't have any fabric, so use the sides of a worn out pink sheet and a worn out white sheet.   The animal patterns were drawn  from a magazine article.  You had to draw squares, then draw the the pattern to the paper.  Each were about 4 inches high.  I cut out the shapes and used a fabric marker to draw the features, then zig-zagged the pink animals to the white background.  This was before "Wonder-under" so had to be really careful of the edges.  Much of the quilt is now in tatters, but I still love it. The quilting is pretty pittiful.   I used the pattern to make a granddaughter a little quilt about 20 years ago.  It is just painted, not appliqued. 

Steve's 1956 Baby quilt








This is the painted version of the blocks made for grand-daughter Lindsay.

Lindsay's quilt (can't get it to rotate)

Painted block from Lindsay's quilt

Painted Bear Block from Lindsay's quilt

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