Sunday, May 12, 2013

"Les Amis" Baby Quilt


Believe me when I say, I totally lucked out a few weeks ago.  My sister, Theresa, was following the quilt auction, and while we had quite a few baby quilts up for auction, she did not see the one she was looking for.  Her best friend, Heather, is having her first baby this summer, so Theresa was looking for a quilt to go with the baby boy's nursery.


Meanwhile, I'd been drooling over these fabrics: Les Amis by Patty Sloniger.  My husband has no problem with me buying fabric, so long as it's for a specific, meaningful project.  Unfortunately, I couldn't think of a good enough reason to splurge on these lovelies.


But Theresa emailed me, requesting a commissioned quilt.  I gladly agreed.  She then sent me a link to Heather's chosen nursery bedding, and when I saw the gray and white chevron from Pottery Barn, I immediately thought of these fabrics.


And you might really think I'm making this up when I tell you that her next link was to a patchwork quilt of these fabrics found on Etsy.  Oh, I would have screamed for joy had it not been naptime... Finally, a reason to buy and work with these fabrics!


What brought me even more joy was when the bundle of fabrics arrived on my doorstep, and I hadn't even paid a penny!  Free fabric!  (And boy, is it soft!)


So I whipped up this little ditty - 4-inch squares and a charcoal minky backing.


Here are some close-ups of the prints.  The sweet owlies are winking at you, Baby!


As a teenager, turtles were my favorite!


And here are all sorts of woodland creatures.  Who doesn't  love a woodpecker?


Though, I do think that "Socks the Fox" wins as my favorite.  Isn't he cute?  Not to mention spry...


Of course, the francophile in me loves this title print: "Les Amis de la Foret."


Had to throw in some burp cloths for good measure.


Here's the happy mother-to-be!  (Is it just me, or are you, also, having a hard time believing there's a baby bump behind that blanket?  You look great, Heather!)


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 33 x 46 inches
Made and quilted by: Me!
Fabrics: Les Amis by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller and minky in charcoal


(The money for this quilt did go toward brain tumor research at Duke.  I just can't brag about how much because it was a gift.  Thanks for commissioning it, Theresa!  Also, if you happen to love it, like I do, you're in luck... there's plenty of extra fabric for a very similar to quilt to debut in the auction next spring!)


21 comments:

  1. Free fabric is the best!!! Such a beautiful quilt!

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  2. That's AMAZING. Love the fabric!

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    1. I love the fabric, too! Not only is it gorgeous, but it's so soft, too..

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  3. Lauren, that is exquisite! I love your idea for fabric details...cute woodland creatures, indeed. You've whet my appetite for a similar one in future auctions...gonna start saving up! :)

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    1. You are so sweet! Save those pennies :)

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  4. What a great quilt! I'm loving the simple patchwork lately!

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    1. I love patchwork, too. Great fabric doesn't need much more :)

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  5. Looks like the perfect quilt for the new little boy.

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  6. this is absolutely beautiful (and so very hip)! Lauren, you are amazing!!! :)

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    1. I'm glad you think it's beautiful (and hip!). But I am hardly "amazing"; this was quick and easy put together!

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  7. Beautiful! I'm seeing more and more patchwork quilts like this that I love. Sometimes simple is the best. Especially when you have great fabrics to work with.

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    1. I agree! I much prefer simple quilts with pretty fabrics than complicated quilts made up of tiny pieces of mediocre fabrics. :) Maybe it's because I'm hardly an "artist," so I just let someone else be (namely, the fabric designer).

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  8. Love the gray and blue together! Charm packs are so great.

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  9. I can see why you loved that fabric line; absolutely beautiful!

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  10. Super cute and don't you love it when that happens. The new mommy looks like she really liked the quilt.

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  11. Love it! I really like the colors, I just opened an online quilt shop and I'm finding more and more that people are turning to the gray fabrics. They go with so many other colors. I'm trying to get more of them ordered. Keep up the good work and I will be following your blog from now on. I finished going through treatment a few months ago so anything to do with cancer is important to me. Please let me know what I can do to help.
    rusticroosterquiltshop.com

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    1. Hi Trina, I'm so glad that you have completed treatment - what a celebration you must have had! Thanks for your kind words and for following our work. Your shop looks fantastic... the website is great, I only wish I lived closer :) Let's keep in touch; I'm sure I can think of some way for you to help for next year's auction ;)

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