Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nikolai's quilt

I've been terrible at getting things in the mail. The upside of that? Eventually I end up seeing the person and I have a ready made gift (or pile of fabric) to hand deliver when I finally do. Case in point: Nikolai's quilt.
I was going to mail it, but I decided to hand deliver it to Cheryl when I was at market instead. It was fun to meet Nikolai, who is SO CUTE! (And no, I'm not just saying that.) I need to make baby quilts more often. They are fun to make and fun to give!
I used all kinds of cool colored scraps from my scrap bin, and pieced them together using the slab technique in our book Sunday Morning Quilts. The quilt measures baby size. :) I was too unorganized to take photos of the details of the quilt, but this shot shows a bit of the quilting. (Please ignore the stray threads.) The quilting pattern reminded me of a sky line. I made up the design on the fly, but it's being added to my quilting bag of tricks. The binding is a homespun that I cut on the bias. Love the touch of print in an otherwise all solids quilt. Hopefully the quilt will get used, loved and spit up on, washed, then used again.
Ok, now I'm not one that likes to slap her photo all over the internet, but Tara took this photo of Nikolai and me. I had to share, because isn't he darn cute??? I love the expression on his face.

On a side note, it's Cheryl's birthday today. Happy Happy Birthday, Cheryl!

43 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Hey Amanda Jean - Nikolai looks good on you!
Adorable photo of the two of you. And that is a great baby quilt.

Elaine M said...

Love the quilt with the sky line quilting and the photo is great. Nikolai is a cutie.

Kim said...

Both of you look pretty darn cute!
Lovely quilt....I do love making baby quilts and my favorite way to get a thank you note is with a picture of the quilt with the new baby on top :0)!

Happy Sewing

Kris from Duke Says Sew What said...

Such a cute pic of you two! I love the pattern of this quilt, I'm loving randomness in blocks right now. I just wish I had more solids! Happy Birthday to your co-author!

Denise said...

Beautiful quilt and baby! Did you use a walking foot or free motion to quilt it?

Mindelicious said...

You're cute. I like your haircut. And the baby is yummy! Love his little puppy shoes.
What a great quilt! I must learn this slab technique.

angela said...

He's so cute I could just eat him up!

Love your print binding on a solids quilt.

Becky said...

Oh such a cute baby, and quilt, and you! I like the different kind of quilting on this one. A bit unexpected, but fun, for a baby boy quilt.

beth lehman said...

i love the colors in this quilt!! fantastic!

Heather D. said...

Oh he looks so much like my first son when he was teeny! Very cute.

The quilt is awesome.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Yes, he is totally adorable. Cool quilt!

bethanndodd said...

What a sweet gift for such a cute little guy! My youngest LOVES this quilt...blue is his favorite color ;) Smiles~Beth

carol said...

You're lookin' good with that baby....maybe it's time for another one????? (Not a wonder with that look on his face....check out where your hand is!! lol)

tabbiegirl said...

Cute baby! Love the quilting. Did you do it FM or with a walking foot?

Anonymous said...

Great quilt! I love all the solids and the fun piecing. I've got your book but I had no idea about the slab technique - I need to READ the book - LOL! Also, nice photo of you and the very cute baby! Maybe I can borrow a cute baby for a few minutes for some cuddle time and a photo op.

Lisa
Lalexander733(at)gmail(dot)com

Cherie said...

Great looking quilt! Loving the cool colours. The baby is adorable! =D

I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.co.uk/p/goodie-bag-swap.html

Cheryl Arkison said...

OMG! We LOVE this quilt. It will indeed get used and used well. And you do look great with Nikolai. He was always so calm with you.
Thank-you again.

Rene' said...

Great baby quilt!!! Love those solids. Cute picture of you and Nikolai. He's expression is so funny. Did you notice that the two of you match? ;-)

Sarah Craig said...

Beautiful quilt (I've got to try that slab technique!) and what a cute baby! He DOES look good on you!!

Terriaw said...

Such a wonderful gift for such a cute little boy! You are so generous, and he is lucky to have this treasure. He looks so tiny, like a doll. How awesome to hand deliver this quilt and to meet Nikolai.

dolores said...

Carly (our shop owner)"Where are the Sunday Morning Quilts books...the ones we got last week?"

Me, "We sold them!":)

Deven said...

What a cutie! I love the name Nikolai. I should since I have two! My honey & our son!

;~P

Becky said...

That last picture will keep me smiling all night! Great quilt, cute baby, and love the name ;-) !!

Jo said...

Just saying...you know that blogging break you took awhile back. I'm glad you came back....just saying.

LimeRiot said...

What a wonderful and modern baby quilt. I love the design and the colors. I want one even though it's been quite a while since I was a baby :).

Mama Pea said...

I agree with Mary! Nikolai looks good on you! His quilt is amazing!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Ack! No more, please! You must stop with all this fabulous inspiration! My brain is getting overloaded :)

Flowers in the Window said...

Yes Nikolai is extremely cute! Fabulous quilt :) Maggie xx

Josie McRazie said...

He looks like such a little man already! He is so darn cute!

Marit said...

Love your quilt, the layout, the colors...
a very generous gift!

Aliceart said...

Love the quilt, and he looks so cute! I love that expression, too.

April said...

oh my, He's a cutie! That little face! and his pants are adorable! I love the colors in the quilt, very pretty.

Suzanne said...

Hey there, you! Hand delivery is always so much fun and snuggling such a cute quilt recipient is even better. I love the skyscraper quilting too. It adds a great geometric detail to the quilt.

Clair said...

That boy is CUTE!

Susana said...

Están bellos los 2.Usted se ve feliz y el esta sorprendido por la talentosa mama que le toco.

Claire Jain said...

I love the quilt! What a great photo, too :-) Happy b-day to Cheryl!

Carla said...

very very cute. and a lovely gift you made. I recognize those pants on the little guy. I have seen them in blogland.

Beth said...

He is a cutie. So are you. The quilt is great. I really have to try doing a slab.

Cheerful Homemaker said...

Beautiful quilt. Beautiful baby. Beautiful YOU! :0)

Diane Swett said...

Adorabel both the Baby and the Quilt... btw Happy birthday Cheryl

amandajean said...

Denise and tabbiegirl,

I did the quilting on this one with my free motion foot. Good question! :)

Amanda Jean

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quirky granola girl said...

oooooh! he is soooo cute!! what a beautiful quilt you made for him!