I have kept some of DS's baby clothes with the idea that I will use the fabric to make a quilt. It wil be the first tr I have tried quilting, but I have always fancied a go. Can anyone recommend a good how-to website or book? I'll probably need pretty simple/idiot-proof instructions! Does anyone know if stretchy baby grow fabric can even be used for quilting?
Hi, I'm new to this topic but thought I'd say hello. I think it's a lovely idea and also second the iron on interfacing recommendation. I write (one) and follow a lot of blogs on blogspot, and there are loads of tutorials there for beginners. I would suggest a plain nine patch square is probably the most simple pattern as it doesn't involve triangles, just squares and sashing if you choose. Do you have a walking foot? that will be very helpful when you get to the quilting stage, especially if you have stretchy fabrics.
Oh my goodness, overmydeadbody that quilt is so beautiful - I think I have a long way to go, but I can see this becoming addictive! Thanks do much for the links, and for the interfacing advice - my main worry was using stretchy fabric so hopefully that tip will work.
Have you tried using appliqué on the squares? That was one of my ideas - using fabric squares in complementary colours, and then stitching little cut outs from some of the clothes onto the fabric square - of course, that means I will probably be making this quilt until at least 2033...!
Oo this is exactly what I want to do. I've saved bits of various outfits of both of my children. However I want to do mine in a specific way and am not sure it will work. I want to make squares to join together, each with a piece of an outfit, bordered by strips of a plain fabric, possibly the same as I would use on the backing. Does this make sense? I want to really be able to see and remember each outfit. Not sure if I'm explaining it very well but for example I have an old summer dress of my daughter's which had butterflies appliquéd on it. I want to cut a square out and border it as one square of the quilt.
I'd say it would be more stable to applique onto plain squares than to put a border on them - less strain will be put on the inside square and hopefully it will last longer if you use a solid cotton as the base square.
I'm going to need some wadding, a large piece of backing fabric and then some squares in complementary colours (I'm thinking blues/purples) on to which I can appliqué some pretty designs from the baby clothes.