Sunday, September 21, 2008

Gifts

One of my husband's many, many cousins is having a baby soon and yesterday was her baby shower. I wasn't able to go because we took my nephew Logan to the zoo while his parents are still out of town (that's a post for another day), but I did send my gift with another of my husband's cousins. She will be having a little girl, in November I think, so I gave her a package of diapers and this baby quilt that I made out of warm, snuggly flannel fabrics.
It has the raggy edges...here's a close up.
The back is completely smooth, though...no edges sticking out. I love making these quilts because they go together so quickly and you don't have to send them to the quilter, so when it's done, it's done. The only time consuming part is making the little cuts in all of the edges so that it will fray when it's washed. I think it turned out pretty cute though. My husband said I should keep it because it turned out so nice...isn't he sweet! =)

Yesterday was my husband's youngest sister's birthday...she turned 24. We'll all be getting together this evening to celebrate her birthday. Last night, as I was getting her gift together, I realized I didn't have a gift bag to put it in, so I made one using the tutorial at Pink Penguin.
I've been wanting to make one of these cute baskets for a while, so I thought that this was a great opportunity! It went together very quickly, and I just used fabric scraps and pieces that I had lying around. However, I did make some alterations to mine. My bag is a little larger than the instructions call for...I used 2.5" squares for the patchwork instead of 2". I also made the 'linen' piece (the white piece along the bottom) a little longer and wider (obviously to accomodate the larger patchwork pieces). I also made the handles longer and placed them in the front and back, instead of the sides, to make it easier to carry things in. So, this bag will hold her gift now, but it will hold whatever she wants later...what a fun gift bag! Thanks for the tutorial ayumills! =)

17 comments:

Sherri said...

An adorable baby quilt...beautiful pinks and greens. Also, your "Pink Penguin" bag is great...I've been thinking about making one just a bit bigger as well, and I love how you put the handles on the front/back.

Christina said...

Everything you make is just adorable. You are very talented! I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to every new posting,

Penny said...

Nice work Anna! Your quilt has me jonesing to make one myself! It's very cute!

Megan Miley and Chris said...

I love that blanket! I have been wanting to make the frayed edge type of blanket. It's funny all the quilts I enjoy, people tell me they are the easiest ones to make. Good news for me! Oh and hey I didn't have a bag... I'll just make one. You are too cute.

Nancy in Norway said...

Nice girly quilt and lovely bag. You really got the hang of making bags. SMILE

Prudy said...

Anna, that quilt is just precious! I love the raggedy edges to add a little interest to the girly fabrics. That bag is amazing too. I'm going over to check out the tutorial. I always make my kids matching treat bags for their Halloween costumes. I told them this year to that I didn't have time, but seeing this bag gives me the itch to get going.

Brittany said...

I love the baby quilt. It is too cute!!

Thimbleanna said...

That baby quilt is adorable Anna. The big patchy patchy (as I call it) style quilt is still one of my favorites. Simple and oh so pretty. I love the bag you did for the bag swap too -- juts beautiful!

The Blonde Duck said...

The quilt has ducks! Pink and DUCKS! I love it!

ElizabethandJeff said...

The quilt is so cute! That's such a good idea to make your own gift bag. I may have to copy you on that one! Can't wait to see you on Saturday!

Jen said...

That bag is super cute. I would love the pattern. You inspire me to create more :)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh wow I love it. And you made it completely "yours". I like your take on her tutorial.

Dandelion Quilts said...

What a great bag! Very sweet.

Micah and Kristine said...

I love, love, love that bag that you made! The colors are so cute! Robyn loved the quilt too when she opened it!

Mistee said...

Your colour choices for both the quilt and the bag are beautiful. I love those shaggy quilts, they are really cosy especially made in flannel. Must make one for myself one day, instead of giving them all away! But for now I am just going to try out the bucket bag. Thanks for sharing.

Mistee said...

Your colour choices for both the quilt and the bag are beautiful. I love those shaggy quilts, they are really cosy especially made in flannel. Must make one for myself one day, instead of giving them all away! But for now I am just going to try out the bucket bag. Thanks for sharing.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love your shaggy quilt, beautiful colours, the gift bag for your SIL is just lovely, great idea.