Friday, November 9, 2018

Quilts for Nathan

Friday, November 9, 2018
I made LOTS of quilts for Nathan and wanted to document all of them in one place. Below are the photos and stories behind each of the quilts I made for him.

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In March 2018 we announced on social media that we were expecting using these BABY letters I made from Alphabet Soup.

Photo by Honey Photographs

Letter Tile Details
 
Fabric is Tula Pink - Flutterby, Eden & Spirit Animal
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 2/13/18
Finished on 3/16/18 


I showed the letters in better detail on top of this August Stars quilt.


This August Stars quilt was actually the first quilt I made with our future baby in mind. I started it back in the fall of 2016 when we decided to start trying for a baby.


Quilt Details 
Fabric is Hushabye by Tula Pink
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 11/28/16
Finished on 7/31/17 

I had just enough of this very hard to find owl print for 3 columns on the back. I made the rest of the quilt back scrappy with other Hushabye leftovers.

Here is a detail shot of the quilting.

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We decided on a boy and a girl name pretty early on. Even though we were waiting till delivery to find out, that didn't stop me from starting to make personalized things. I made 2 pillows, one for the first initial of each of the names. Here is Nate's pillow. (The other one is tucked away for safe keeping.)

Pillow Details 
Fabric is Tula Pink - Flutterby, Eden & Spirit Animal
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 2/8/18
Finished on 7/30/18 

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I knew I wanted number blocks to use for monthly photos, so I picked some grey remix prints from my stash and started working on them.

Number Tile Details 
Fabric is Remix by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 5/9/18
Finished on 7/16/18



I use each tile in a monthly photo with Nathan.

... and then I hang each finished Alphabet Soup tile up on the wall for that month on an Ackfeld Wire frame.


I also made numbers to represent his birthday & finished the banner after he was born.

Quilt Details 
Fabric is Remix by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 5/9/18
Finished on 11/4/18
Quilt measures - 18" x 32"

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This is the first quilt I started for the baby after finding out I was pregnant. I was pretty sick the first few months, so I started working on this once I felt better.


Quilt Details
 
Fabric is assorted Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
(Space Explorers, Remix, Penned Pals, Flannel Penned Pals)
Pattern - Giggles, JBQ 133
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 3/20/18
Finished on 6/6/18
Quilt measures - 40" x 44"


The back is all flannel other than the small mint section. That way it is nice and extra cuddly!


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This is the second quilt I started for the baby. 


Quilt Details
 
Fabric is assorted Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
(Space Explorers, Remix, Penned Pals, Flannel Penned Pals)
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 4/10/18
Finished on 7/25/18
Quilt measures - 62" x 60"





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 ...and the third. Clearly I was in love with the fabrics by now!!


Quilt Details
 
Fabric is assorted Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
(Space Explorers, Remix, Penned Pals, Flannel Penned Pals)
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 6/7/18
Finished on 7/25/18
Quilt measures - 42" x 56"




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I loved the fabrics so much that I even made a few garlands that were used as decor for my baby shower. They are so cute that I haven't taken them down!!


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The 4th quilt I made for Nathan in the same fabrics is the cover quilt from my new pattern Ribbon Candy. I was inspired to design this quilt during my pregnancy. I also made tiles that spell out NATHAN and had them hanging up in the hospital. Since I didn't know if I was having a boy or a girl... I actually had 2 sets of name tiles ready to go!

3 Color Quilt Details
 
Pattern - Ribbon Candy, JBQ 176
Designed by me
Quilted by Teresa Silva
Started on 6/11/18
Finished on 7/30/18
Quilt measures - 48" x 60" Youth Size



I backed it with this cute print!

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The last quilt I made for Nathan I finished just 2 days before he was born. I had 2 weeks left till my due date and was going a bit stir crazy since everything else was done. Here I am basting the quilt early on Tuesday August 7th. This is one of the last photos of my baby bump!

I really wanted to take the quilt to the hospital with us, but it had just been finished and wasn't washed yet. So like any other crazy person in labor at 3AM... I told my husband to toss it in the washer ASAP. It came out of the dryer just in time for us to leave for the hospital. Here is Nate on the quilt at just one day old.


Circle Quilt Details 
Fabric is Flannel Penned Pals by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
Designed by me
Quilted by me
Started on 6/6/18
Finished on 8/7/18
Quilt measures - 52" across


We also took the quilt to Nathan's newborn photo shoot. Here he is at 5 days old. I can't believe how tiny he was back then!
Photo by Kinda Arzon

And here is Nate when he almost 2 weeks old hanging out on the quilt. The super soft flannel makes it a favorite of his!
It's been quite the journey to get here, and I love that quilts have been a part of process the entire way. Thanks for all of your kindness & support through it all!



© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

5 comments:

Leslie Frost said...

Great quilts!

Janet M said...

Oh your baby is so sweet! The quilts are just perfect for a little baby boy. So happy for you and your family!

Peggy Meyering said...

My son is exactly 24 years older and still the light of my life! Congratulations on your beautiful boy!

sandi s said...

Absolutely beautiful baby and your quilts are gorgeous!! Enjoy that sweet baby. Hugs,

Shasta Matova said...

A wonderful respective of your quilts you made for your baby. I enjoyed revisiting them.