Quilts for Wee Little Ones
Let's talk baby quilts. Loved one announces they are expecting a wee little one. You automatically think, "Oh, I should make them a quilt!" Immediately, the questions follow... What colors would they like? How big should I make it? Do I have enough time to finish it before the baby shower? Will they even appreciate it?... As quilter's we know it's a gift that truly comes from our hearts but also know the investment involved. So, here's my advice and a few kits we have in store that are just right for those little ones.
Keep is simple. Pick a handful of fabrics (maybe 8-10) that remind you of the parents, whether that be the colors in their home, their hobbies, their personalities, their personal history -- if they identify with it in some way, they will use it.
Choose a pattern that uses larger cuts for piecing. This way you're not dumping loads of time and precision into something that may see its share of wear and tear. Plus, larger pieces are ideal for showing off novelty prints kids love.
Set your personal taste and style aside for this one. Have some fun with playful designs destined to make wee ones smile. The fact that you made it with your own hands is what will make this gift personal.
Consider bamboo batting in 4oz or 6oz. It's drapability is unmached which means it's the softest for snuggling. It's so durable, it out lives cotton and wool batting plus it's more sustainable too! It's naturally ani-bacterial and doesn't cost much more than cotton. Totally worth the upgrade!
Whatever fabrics, pattern, batting and quilting you choose, baby and family will love the feeling of wrapping up in quilty goodness that you made just for them.
A favorite beginner-friendly pattern that really shows off cute prints, the Patchwork Star Baby Quilt is one you'll revisit again and again for quick and easy gift giving. This pattern is offered as a complimentary tutorial by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. Our kit includes fat quarters for piecing the 40" x 40" quilt top as shown and a tiny blue gingham fabric for binding. You’ll find full instructions on the Diary of a Quilter blog at https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/patchwork-star-baby-quilt-tutorial/
How many of you love a happy, scrappy backing? Our good friend Kathy Kendall made our Patchwork Star Baby Quilt and used the scraps to add a little something special to the backing for her new grandbaby on the way. Adorable! By the way, these pretty fabrics are from the Peachy Keen collection by Coriander Quilts for Moda.
Quilter's quality flannel is always a great choice for a baby quilt. Super soft and oh, so durable wash after wash. Wild One cotton flannel from Dear Stella looks so cute stacked together in this Side By Side quilt pattern by Swirly Girl Designs. Sized to snuggle a wee little one, this 32" x 40" quilt is made to be cozy and warm. The Wild One quilt was also made by Kathy Kendall. Her grandbaby is going to be wrapped in love from grandma.
But how about when you want that baby quilt to be able to grow up a bit with that little one, even well into their tween years? Then it's time to size up just a bit; maybe to a small lap throw and bring in some bold color. Heather Ross' fabrics are perfect for this! Try our Lucky Rabbit quilt using the Chain Reaction pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. This 56" x 68" quilt has a modern yet playful style that will carry well through childhood. Cymoni Whatcott chose this pattern to frame whimsical illustrations. Only a couple of kits left!
The Sparklette quilt is another tike-sized quilt that will seamlessly transition through childhood, from crib quilt to lap quilt. Fabrics from the Sunwashed collection by Corey Yoder are as happy as sunshine. This fat-quarter friendly pattern is found in one of our favorite books, Fat Quarter Style by It's Sew Emma (sold separately). You'll want to make every quilt in this book! Our kit includes yardage for piecing the 51" x 64" quilt top and binding.
Saturday Sampler Begins Tomorrow!
It's time! Are you ready to begin the Not Your Grandmother's Flower Garden Mystery BOM? We are! We're excited to welcome those registered for the first kit pick up beginning tomorrow, Saturday, January 13th,10:00am - 5:00pm. If you requested shipping, they went out today so watch for happy mail! Our first YouTube tutorial featuring pattern designer, Natalie Smith will go live this weekend so be sure to subscribe here so you don't miss her introduction as well as great tips and tricks each month! This block of the month is sold out.
Upcoming Sales & Events
Magic Word Monday
Every Tuesday, 10:00am - Noon
This delightful weekly club is for anyone who would like to work on a hand stitching project while learning new hand stitching skills. It's a great chance to finish our own projects and relax with a fun gathering of sewing friends. No fee to attend. Simply come and join us!
Wrong Price Wednesday!
Every Wednesday our pre-cut fat quarters are only $3.00! Regular Price $3.75.
Time Out at the Wagon (Open Sew)
Every Wednesday, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Put yourself in Time Out at the Wagon in our School House located directly behind the quilt shop! At times we all need time out from housework, phone calls, and everyday responsibilities. Bring your current sewing project to “Time Out at the Wagon” and do just that. Marsha is looking forward to being in Time Out and hopes lots of you will join her.
Thank you for supporting your local brick-and-mortar quilt shop!
We feel honored to be part of such a wonderful quilt-making community.
We hope you'll visit us again soon,
Jen and the Girls
at Corn Wagon Quilt Co.
We would love to hear from you!