Birthday Blankie Complete

You probably caught a glimpse of it in my last post; Mira’s birthday blankie is finished!  In case you missed the explanation, each circle in the quilt is from scraps of items I’ve made since I became pregnant with my little redhead (except one, which is from the crib set I made for her sister more than five years ago).

I ended up heavily free-motion quilting it, and although I continue to struggle with this style of quilting, it’s so much faster than anything else that I think it’s going to be worth the learning curve. At least, I hope it will be. Eventually.

I backed the quilt with a multi-colored polka dot print by Michael Miller, and the binding is a 1930’s reproduction print from RJR. I have always loved 30’s reproductions, and now, after buying just this one yard of fabric, I feel an addiction coming on.

A year ago, I decided to sew “blankies” for each of my children for each of their upcoming birthdays.  And now that this quilt is done, I’ve officially reached my goal!  When I put my kids to bed, all of them will be sleeping under something I have made.  And now that Mira’s quilt is finished, I can move on to another of the many items on my “to sew” list.  Completing a long project is very fulfilling, but I live for the freedom that comes with it, too.  What’s next?  Swimsuit cover-ups for the girls?  Shorts and tees for the boys?  Skirts for me?  Another quilt?  It’s fun just to sit and think about all the possibilities.

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18 Responses to “Birthday Blankie Complete”


  1. 1 Sarah C. April 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Beautiful quilt, and what a great idea! A wonderful way to use up scraps that you just can’t bear to part with….. And what a cutie on top of that quilt!

  2. 2 Nicole April 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    How sweet! I admire people who can put a truly scrappy quilt together. (I have OCD issues, I think.) Love that lovely little red head!

  3. 3 Michelle April 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    What a fun quilt! I enjoyed looking at all the different fabrics you put in it (scrappy is my favorite). As a newbie FMQ myself, your quilting looks great. I’d have never guessed you were new to FMQ if you hadn’t said so.

    I can tell Mira heartily approves. What a cutie!

  4. 4 jen April 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    It is lovely! Love the circles!

  5. 5 Katie B April 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    This is so cute! And goodness, could your little girl be any cuter??

  6. 6 Leslie April 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    this is so cute. i love the circles and your quilting looks great.

  7. 7 Mary April 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I just love this quilt, especially since it’s a collection and memory of many other projects. So special!

  8. 8 B @ Sweet Limes April 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    That is the cutest blanket ever!

  9. 9 tara April 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    What a lovely quilt. Very inspirational.

  10. 10 heather April 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I LOVE that quilt. So cute! Did you do the free motion quilting on a regular sewing machine? What machine do you use?

  11. 11 Carin April 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Very sweet quilt–and I LOVE the name Mira. Good job!

  12. 12 everydaychaos May 2, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Thanks so much, everyone! I really appreciate you visiting and leaving comments. And I never get tired of hearing how cute my baby is. 🙂 I am DEFINITELY a newbie to FMQ, so even though it looks okay from afar, don’t look too close! I’m getting better with more practice, though. Heather, I did use a regular machine for this. I have a Singer 7430 with a free-motion foot and I lower the feed dogs. I love my machine and it works fairly well for FMQ. My only complaint is that I can’t set it to stop with the needle down.

    Anyway, thanks all! I’m working on visiting your blogs and checking out all your amazing projects now!

  13. 13 pinksuedeshoe May 3, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I love it. I love the way it looks and I love the idea behind it and I love that you’ve finished it! Just love all the way around.

  14. 14 Rene' May 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    This is a really sweet quilt! Love the background fabric and all the circles too. Thanks for sharing!

  15. 15 Grannie Debbie May 4, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Trust me. I saw this blanket this past weekend while visiting the family, and this blanket is beautiful. It looks so professional. You all should see it if person.
    I told Darla that she should open up her own shop.

  16. 16 Carla May 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

    It’s perfect! All those colors and the circles just rock!

  17. 17 Penny May 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    no way!!! that is the most adorable little quiltie EVER!! very, very cool Darla!


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