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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Happy Go Lucky Baby Quilt

Lately, I've been working on a little baby quilt made with Bonnie and Camille's Happy Go Lucky fabrics.


You may remember A Dash of Luck, my giant churn dash quilt made from this line.  Well, from a full fat quarter bundle, I was left with one 7.5(ish) inch square of each of the prints.  I've been hanging onto them, trying to figure out the best pattern to stretch them into a quilt of decent size.

I finally decided to keep it very simple and cut the squares in half, sew them into rows of "bricks," and sash them with Kona Coal.  Even still, I had to throw in some solid navy, white, and some cute orange and green polkadot fabrics to make the quilt big enough.  It will finish at about 45x52 inches.  When the quilt is turned the other way, it kind of looks like a coin quilt, although the bricks are 3 inches, which is a bit wide for "coins."

I'm not really sure what the plan is for this one yet.  I've been thinking that I want to start donating to the large children's hospital here to use for preemies, and our guild has some plans for that.  But I don't know any of the size requirements for those kinds of donations.  So once it's finished,I'll probably just hang onto this one until I find out!


30 comments:

  1. Love your quilt, it's cute! I see that you wanted to donate to the NICU for premie babies and I wanted to toss in a little info for you. I have a premie who was born last July and she was in the NICU for 11 weeks being born at 1 lb 11 oz. They stay in an incubator for quite a while when they are this little. These incubators are heated to regulate the body temps of the little ones. Once they are able to maintain it on their own, they move to a "crib" which resembles what they put them in when you have one full term. They then wrap them in receiving blankets that are sometimes warmed already. At this point they are close to coming home. My point is this: while it's a great thought to send quilts for premies, I think it might be better to give them to the children in the hospital that aren't babies. They are the ones who are missing home and could use some love! Unless, of course, you're trying to bless the parents who are really having a hard time with their baby in the NICU. I only give you this info because I had no idea what happened in a NICU before I had Emma. I did have a 4 year old in the hopstial for 3 weeks a long time ago and he would have loved a quilt while he was there!

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  2. Beautiful, as always! I love the bands of grey separating the bricks.

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  3. This is a great quilt! I commend you for thinking of the preemies. Having had my preemie grand daughter just home after 97 days in the NICU, I know how much the kindness of strangers means to the parents.

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  4. Keely I always appreciate the simplicity of your quilts...after I finish my jan. AYoFLFinishes...I can't wait to make a quilt out of one of your patterns! I have a four day weekend over pres. day and hope to accomplish that then...unless we go see our grandbaby:)

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  5. Love the sashing strips. Just what these pretty colours and prints needed to break things up. I think that is wonderful that you are considering doing some charity quilting, Kelly! It's a highly rewarding experience.

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  6. A nice easy satisfying quilt! I think it would be a wonderful idea to donate it to the preemies at a hospital.

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  7. The 'leftovers' have made a great quilt! Kona coal strips make the fabric colours pop!

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  8. Love this one Kelly! And i think it's a fantastic idea to donate it to a children's hospital. I'm not sure of the size requirements for preemie quilts but i know the one we were given when Sammy was in the NICU was really small, almost doll size! That being said, i don't know if that's the norm or not!

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  9. That looks gorgeous. I love those more 'simple' patterns for baby quilts and your colours are really nice.

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  10. Love it. I am learning to like gray and to use it too. You have done so very capably here, it looks superb.

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  11. I love yours thoughts of donating quilts!
    I sewed to preemies, bit when it wasn't OK any longer due to som issues I stopped.
    I have contact with a nurse that spends a lot of her time in a hospital in Africa and my guild has made something like 300 childrens quilts for that hospital.
    It's so rewarded to give and so great when those pictures comes of cute little babies wrapped up in our quilts!
    It's so fun to sew and make quilts and there is not room for everyone that we sew, so why not make another human happy and a chance to get a good start in life?
    Yours quilt is so fine as usual....

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  12. I like the Kona coal, that looks great - lovely use of leftovers!

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  13. I think you should still look into donating to the preemies. My oldest was a month early so not too early and not in the NICU but still had to be in a special part of the nursery for 5 days. That hospital had a special stack of small baby quilts that were donated and every baby that was part of the special room of that nursery got to pick one. I still have it and plan to give it to him when he is a dad :)

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  14. I love the simplicity! I love that it lets the fabrics shine and looks eclectic. Great job!
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  15. Your quilt is so cute and easy!! I do a lot of childrens quilts and they get donated to the NICU units and Children's Hospital here in St.Louis. Our NICU quilts are 22-24" square.

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  16. This looks great, Kelly! Great use of your scraps. I know our guild is going to be making some NICU type quilts to take to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital starting this summer. This quilt would be a great donation to a special person.

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  17. I donate to our local NICU unit. From my research most NICU units want 30x30 or 36x36. I checked with mine and they want 36x36. The quilts are placed over the incubators and not only warm the babies but they keep the bright lights out of their eyes. They are then sent home with the babies. I find making this size so much fun. I can try lots of various patterns and use lots of leftovers. Good luck!

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  18. I have a lot of my HGL left! Those big bundles go a long way. This is just adorable! Whoever gets if will be in love:)

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  19. Love the simplicity of the pattern and I love that line of fabric! You did a lovely job!
    -Lindsey

    Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

    Inspiring Creations Blog

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  20. "simple" looks great :) I need to start making more baby quilts to donate.

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  21. I love all of Bonnie and Camille's fabric lines. I have a charm pack of Happy Go Lucky that I'm pondering what to do with. Hmmm.

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  22. Simple is beautiful, and kudos for not being afraid of adding different fabrics.

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  23. I love the mixture of all the different patterns on the fabrics. It's a yummy quilt perfect to grow with. I like the simple roman coin-ish look and the gray sashing is handsome/pretty.

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  24. Just dropping in to say I found you via Sue Dario's blog. I was shopping for a Thursday linky party and I like the flavor of this one. So, I signed up via email and put your linky button on my blog. I look forward to participating. BTW, I am at http://scrapboxquilts.blogspot.com/.

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  25. What a great way to use your leftover fabrics. It looks so cute!

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  26. What a precious little quilt Kelly and neat fabrics! Thanks for sharing.
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  27. Cute cute -- and aren't you good using up those scraps... Woohoo!

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  28. What a cute baby quilt I love the fabric combinations with that gray!

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