A New Quilt!

This past Sunday was my littlest daughter Karis’ second birthday. For her birthday I made her a quilt for her big girl bed, as I have done for my other two girls. When I made the first of the three quilts I bought extra of several of the fabrics I used so that I could incorporate matching fabrics into each of their quilt designs so that no matter who shared a room, they would each have a unique handmade quilt that coordinated well with the other.

I am really happy with how Karis’ quilt turned out and I thought I would share some pictures of the process. The first step after choosing a pattern, was to cut out all of the pieces for the quilt – this is pretty time consuming! The next step is to piece all of those little pieces together to form the quilt top.

sewing squares

Here is a shot of me piecing together one of the small squares which make up the center of the quilt.

quilt squares

And here are all of the completed squares that make up the center.

quilt layout

The next step was to layout the squares on the floor until I found a pattern that I was happy with. You then sew each row together, and attach the rows.

I added the outer borders and patterns until the quilt top was complete. My husband’s Oma had agreed to hand quilt this quilt for me, which I am SO thankful for! Having Oma’s hand stitched designs on the quilt makes it that much more special.

Oma with the quilt

Here is Oma with the quilt ready for me to put the binding on – notice all of the flower details she added!

Finished quilt

Here is the finished product on Karis’ bed! My mom also took some extra squares that I had and made a hand quilted pillow sham to match – isn’t it lovely? (She also made some matching pillow cases – thanks Mom!) I love that three generations of family members  contributed to this project.

Matching quilts

And finally, here is a shot of Zoey and Karis’ matching quilts on their bunk beds. I should add that my husband has only ever used handmade quilts made by his Oma (pictured above) and has never used a purchased blanket on his bed! Oma made us a beautiful quilt for our bed when we got married, and crib quilts for our babies, and I have decided to carry on this tradition of handmade quilts on the beds in our house. It’s such a special thing to sleep with a quilt that has been handmade by someone who loves you isn’t it?