Monday, August 15, 2011

Puff Quilt & Pattern Giveaway

**This giveaway is now closed, but the 25% off discount is still available with the code LEMON25 at checkout.**

Hello everyone!! I have really enjoyed my maternity leave and the "baby" themed projects. Thank you again to each of my guest posters who allowed me to focus my time and energy on our new little one, our older little one, and occasionally take a shower. (Who am I kidding, I opted for a nap over a shower whenever I could.)

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For my first week back, I am so thrilled to finally show off one of my favorite baby projects, and the item that was my source of inspiration for the rest of the nursery, my sweet girl's puff quilt!!!

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A few months after I discovered that I was pregnant, I started browsing for fabrics and color schemes for the nursery. I saved several photos and links, and upon going back through them I realized that there was a lot of yellow, aqua, and turquoise. The colors still seemed soft and sweet because they were often paired with white cribs and furniture, or in rooms with white trim or white walls. Since our baby furniture and wooden trim is walnut colored, and I didn't feel like painting it, I knew that I wanted white to have a real presence in each of the fabrics to bring some of that airy lightness.

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I saw the stunning puff quilts that Heidi of Honey Bear Lane created for her customers, and poured over the pattern that she created, trying to decide if I could take on such an ambitious project. I emailed her and said something like, "Can a beginner sewer do this?" and she responded sweetly, "You could definitely make this quilt! I was a beginner when I made my first puff quilt, and I didn't have a pattern to follow, I was just winging it. Just don't expect complete perfection." (I'm add libbing a bit here, but it was something like that.)

With that, I decided that I would attempt to make a puff quilt for my new little one, and I dove headfirst into the world of fabric.

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Almost all of my fabric was ordered online and I had an excellent experience. I found that most sellers were more than willing to indulge questions like, "Is this more of a sky blue, a turquoise blue or an aqua blue?" Several of them sent me fabric swatches to help me make up my mind, and they were all just so sweet to work with. I raced out to the mailbox every day and was delighted to find beautiful little bundles of fabric, all ready to be washed, ironed and cut. There were a few designs that weren't just right for the quilt but I didn't mind. I know that I'll put them to use in some other baby project in the future.

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I had never made a quilt before and I loved mixing up the different fabrics to see which combinations complimented one another the best.

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I experimented with different patterns and layouts, and took pictures of my different options so that I could choose my favorite.

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Heidi's tutorial walked me through the process beautifully, and each step was broken down so that I never felt overwhelmed by the project as a whole.

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I got to check off several "I have never ___ before" items after completing this project.

-I have never pieced a quilt together.

-I have never bound a quilt.

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-I have never made bias tape. (Yes, she ever taught me how to make my own bias tape!)

-I have never sewn mitered corners before. (Is that the right lingo? I am still learning to speak the sewing language. :)

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I made sure that the fabric used in the quilt made it's way into various projects around the nursery. Some of them I have shared already, like the fitted crib sheet and the ruffled crib skirt. But I still have a few more to share in the next few weeks.

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Curious about the fabric that I used in this project?

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1.) Michael Miller, Ta Dots in Ocean

2.) Yellow Ticking Stripe

3.) Cloud Nine Fabrics, Ele-Fete in Sky

4.) Riley Blake, Bloom and Grow Paisley in Blue

5.) Michael Miller, Ta Dots in Aqua

6.) Alexander Henry, Matisse in Yellow

7.) Riley Blake, Bloom and Grow Geometric in Blue

8.) Cloud Nine Fabrics, Ele-Fete in Shell

The binding is white seersucker, purchased from Hancock Fabrics. The back and bias tape are also Michael Miller Ta Dots in Ocean.

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I was so pleased to work with these beautiful fabric shops on this project: Cedar House Fabrics, Raspberry Creek Fabrics, Suzy Q Fabrics, and Skye Reve Fabrics.

Would you like to a chance to win a FREE copy of this pattern? Heidi is giving 5 patterns away to Lemon Tree Creations readers, just click HERE for the details on how to win!

I'll be linking to these great parties. Have a great week and Happy Monday! It's good to be back. :)

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Sewandthecity August 15, 2011 at 7:17 AM  

This quilt is simply GORGEOUS!

Lisa August 15, 2011 at 7:26 AM  

This is so cute! I've always wanted to make a puff quilt and maybe I'll have to try it during my maternity leave...if I have time!

Louisa August 15, 2011 at 7:28 AM  

I've never seen a puffy quilt before. It looks nice and cozy! I love the fabrics you chose.

Tiffany August 15, 2011 at 7:31 AM  

Wow. I am so impressed. I have wanted to make a quilt but I am so intimidated by the idea. That is just awesome that you made all the bedding in sweet Hannah's room. What a lucky little lady! : )

The quilt is gorgeous. LOVE the fabric choices and the colors are perfect together. Fabulous job! : )

Kristi August 15, 2011 at 8:21 AM  

I love this quilt! The colors are absolutely perfect!! I would love it if you would link up to my baby themes linky party this week!

Barbara August 15, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

Oh this is gorgeous!

Anonymous August 15, 2011 at 9:02 AM  

How fun! I'm picking up my first sewing machine (my sister-in-laws old one that she doesn't use anymore) soon and am determined to start sewing tons of stuff. Good to know a beginning sewer can make this.

Sandy August 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

I clicked on your link about the giveaway but was unable to leave a comment there :( I would use gender neutral colors if I made one of these, as my friend is not finding out the sex of her baby ahead of time!

Anonymous August 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM  

The quilt is so cute! I made a puff quilt once and I love them! Your color choice is fabulous!

Lindsay Artsy-Fartsy Mama August 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM  

What a gorgeous quilt! Love those colors!! You did an amazing job. :)
I've been wanting to make a puff quilt, but have been too scared to try since I'm a newbie. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vanessa August 15, 2011 at 11:47 AM  

This is lovely! I will have to try this too.


Emily Thompson August 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM  

A puffy quilt like this is still on my to-do list. Yours turned out great!

Jen @ My Own Road August 15, 2011 at 10:18 PM  

what a gorgeous quilt - I LOVE the color combinations you used. Wow, I've never made a quilt before but this sure makes me want to :)

Patrice August 16, 2011 at 8:49 AM  

So great Erin! Makes me wish I had had the patience to make Abbott's bedding this time around. The quilt is just so beautiful!

Rose and Heather August 16, 2011 at 8:52 AM  

Love this! We would be so happy if you would come and link up at our first ever link party, Crafty Lassie Tuesdays. Thanks Rose and Heather

raising4princesses August 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

that is so precious. I love the colors. I've pondered the thought of a puff quilt for a while, but new ventured out to make one myself. You just might have inspired me! I just started a new link party on my blog today and I'd be honored if you'd join up with this.
have a lovely day, Maria

EmbellishedbyEmily August 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

Thank you so much for this link! I hopped right on over to Honey Bear Lane and bought the tutorial immediately (with the LEMON25 discount, of course!) Depending on how it turns out, I might just have to make this my default baby shower gift, as I think everyone I know is preggers :)

Jessa Smith August 16, 2011 at 12:53 PM  

I love this type of quilt for a baby's room. I have it pinned for a one-day baby.

Erica August 16, 2011 at 2:11 PM  

I love these quilts! I am going to make one for my sister-in-law! Thank you for sharing (such cute material). I hope you will link this on my Delight Me party over at Doodles & Doilies!

Tori August 17, 2011 at 1:06 PM  

OH MY GOODNESS. This is hands down one of the cutest quilts I have e.v.e.r seen. You did a fantastic job!

Rose and Heather August 17, 2011 at 6:22 PM  

Thanks so much for linking up!
We are going to keep this going every Tuesday...
Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun, so invite your friends.
:0) Heather & Rose

Ruthie Hart August 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM  

oh wow! you are so talented!!! wish I could do this with a glue gun!

Amanda @ The Little Giggler August 18, 2011 at 10:47 PM  

I LOVE the fabric you choose! It's a beautiful quilt! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

Kathy August 19, 2011 at 1:15 PM  

I LOVE this quilt. I am THINKING about making one..but, in a twin size. How long do you think that would take. I have never quilted before because I NEED to finish a project rather quickly...yours is SO adorable. AWESOME job!

April August 19, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

oh my this is amazing...i wish i could sew so sadly!!! I hope you will link up over here...

Beth Adams August 20, 2011 at 9:24 AM  

Too flippin' adorable! Love it. I would love for you to show this off at my Wickedly Crafty Saturdays! Linky is still up & running.

tousled day August 20, 2011 at 10:49 AM  

O I love it! I have to make one. It looks like really long proces, but so worth of the time.

April August 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM  

thank you so much for linking up! I hope to see you next week!

Kaycee August 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM  

This is awesome! I have my fingers crossed for a sewing machine soon and I'm bookmarking just in case!!! Thanks for making it feel doable!!! I made a quilt in high school, but it was just a basic quilt and the material we got is falling apart, along with my poor, teen craftmanship!!! I really feel like I could do this one though!!!

Sara August 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM  

Oh my goodness!! What could be cuter! LOVE the fabric! ;) Would LOVE for you to link this project up at my brand new turquoise linky party!! ;)

Kelly Jean July 5, 2012 at 8:04 AM  

This is honestly one of the freshest, most beautiful puff quilts I have seen - and I have looked at a LOT on my quest to make one. Just gorgeous. You did an AMAZING job - looks professional. Congrats!

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