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May 14, 2014

French Carnival Baby BoxStep Quilt

May 14, 2014
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I have a new finish I am excited to share with you today.  I've been waiting a while to post this because I wanted to give this gift to baby and mama before showing it here.  

This quilt is the baby sized version of the Boxstep Pattern.  It's so darn cute and crinkly.  I have to confess - I normally don't like to wash many of my quilts right away.  But since this one was being gifted for a baby, it will undergo many washings, and I thought it best to gift it soft and crinkly.  
Over the winter, my (non-sewing) friend asked me for fabric advice.  Who me?!!??!  Fabric?!?!!?  No kidding!  She wanted me to recommend where she could find fabric to decorate her baby's nursery in a "Vintage French Carnival" theme - using the colors, red, green, yellow, and navy.  Holy cow - how awesome, right?  I suggested a few lines and she found what she wanted in Pam Kitty Picnic by Pam Kitty Morning for Lakehouse Dry Goods.
She hooped up the fabric in embroidery hoops and made some cloth lanterns to decorate the room.  I offered to make a quilt for the nursery with the scraps.  I decided a baby Boxstep was the way to go.  I added a few complimentary prints to round out what I had and I love the scrapiness of the blocks.  A lot of color, but it's not overbearing.  Instead it's playful.  Perfect for a baby I think.
It's not often I get to quilt smaller quilts, so I really enjoyed taking my time on this one.  I spent some extra time adding a lot of detail to improve my free motion skills.  I quilted large chrysanthemums in the centers of the blocks and wavy lines through the sashing.  I also added some fun loops on the pale yellow border.  I really enjoyed the process and felt myself improving by working through this quilt.
The pictures up close against the brick turned out super dark.  I'm not sure why.  I'm currently learning to use a hand-me-down DSLR, so me (the photographer) is probably the culprit.  I found this adorable old brick building near my son's preschool.  And knew I wanted to take quilt pics there.
Overall, I loved working on this quilt.  A small project, for a friend, a chance to expand my FMQ, and try out a new photo shoot set.  It's a good day.
Quilt Stats.
Name: French Carnival Baby Quilt
Size: 34" x 49"
Fabric:  Pam Kitty Picnic by Pam Kitty Morning; Kona White, unknown 30s prints from my stash
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: Me

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  1. Beautiful! I absolutely love all these colors for a baby. Great job!

  2. love that quilt, love the colors

  3. Great quilt. Where is the is a great photo!

  4. Such an adorable quilt. I feel so boring compared to your friend - when I was pregnant I just went with a mint & chocolate them. Vintage French Carnival is so much more exciting! BTW, how did you get your quilt to hang so nicely on that brick wall?

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    2. Hi Diana- I took a note from Jeni Baker :) Duct tape!


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