Quilts · Textile Art

“Hello World” Baby Quilt

Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
What is this?
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
It’s a quilt!
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
An animal baby quilt!
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
There are lots of cute animals…
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
A lion,
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
A giraffe,
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
More giraffes, a hippo, and a tiny bird,
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
An elephant,
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
A bird,
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
And another bird and a zebra.
It was machine pieced and hand quilted.
It is machine pieced and hand quilted.
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
Happy animal quilt!!!
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
The fabrics (except the yellow and the dark pink) are by artist Cori Dantini, from two separate fabric collections, “Hello World” and “The Sweet Life.”
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
Here you can see the fabric piled on my dwarf sized ironing board.
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
This is my sewing machine, a gift from my mother-in-law. The instruction manual is in Polish. Threading the bobbin was Not Fun. Since this quilt is intended to be washed, it is sewn entirely with cotton thread, to prevent stronger polyester thread from wearing away at the cotton fabric.
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
This is my thread-and-needles bowl, which I am showing you because it is so pretty.
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
Bowl with stuff dumped on the table!
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
These are my hand quilting supplies. After finishing the quilt top, I made a “quilt sandwich” by layering the back, cotton batting, and top, and then pinning it all together. I didn’t baste it because I am lazy. The thread is Gutermann hand quilting thread–100% cotton, slightly thicker and waxier than machine thread so that it tangles less. The needles are size 9 between/quilting needles. They are short and thin with a tiny eye–great for quilting, not so great for fingers that hate thimbles.
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
I actually have a second center panel all sewn together. The borders will have to be different, though, because I don’t have enough of the pink scallops left!
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
I made my own bias tape binding. In order for the thread not to show, machine stitch the front side first, then flip over and finish the back by hand. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of myself doing this, but the omniscient internet should be able to tell you everything you want to know, and more, about binding quilts.
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
The back is green and blue stripes. I like it a lot. The pale pink quilting thread blends in to all the fabrics quite well.
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
I love the rainbow colors of the border, especially the pink scallops.
Rebecca Elam-- Delphina Rose
I freehand quilted bumps and waves, starting at the bottom of the quilt, quilting around the animals so they would stand out more.

I designed the quilt based on the fabrics I had in-stash, limited by only having 1 yard of each (except the striped back). Quilting is not really a thing in Poland, and the little quilting fabric there is, is all imported from the USA anyway, and so with the price jack-up it’s just as cost-efficient to buy it on the internet and pay for the shipping.

It’s crib-sized, 40×53 inches. Of course a blanket this size and thickness is not appropriate for a baby to sleep with (it should probably be a wall-hanging or decoration while he’s an infant) until the baby is a toddler, but it is big enough for the little guy to grow into and sleep with for several years. It’s also 100% cotton (front, back, batting, and thread), so in case of a fire, it will burn rather than melt. (I learned about child-safe pajamas and blankets when I worked at the fabric store and wondered out loud why most of the bolts say “Not intended for children’s sleepwear.” Trust them. Melting fabric is a nightmare.)

What will become of this little quilt? I don’t know yet. Hopefully it will go to some cute little baby 🙂 Do you have a cute little baby in search of a quilt?

*Update March 2015* the quilt has been claimed!

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3 thoughts on ““Hello World” Baby Quilt

  1. Hi Becca – What an adorable quilt! Love, Mom

    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S™III, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

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