Monday, March 4, 2013

Polka Dot Baby Blanket

I was lucky enough to be able to whip up this baby blanket without my family thinking too hard about the projects that I am not completing for them (like hemming pants...)
The blanket is made from left over fabric from my scrappy potholders.  I am very happy to come up with such a great use of the fabric.  I love the small polka dots on it.

The quilt is for my hair stylist's new baby girl.  She is 5 months old now.  I have a strictly professional relationship with my hair stylist, meaning that we do not see each other out of the salon, but I love going to her.  I am currently in my late 30's and have only found 3 people that I trusted with my hair, and one of those 3 is my Mom! 

I have a few key things that I require in a hair stylist: 1.  Not giving me a headache. There are many stylists out there that are too rough, I end up with a 3 day headache after getting my hair done; 2.  Picking my colour for me.  I want to say I would like brown, blonde, highlights, lowlights, or whatever my direction is that month and have them pick the exact shade;  3.  Know how to cut hair.  Again, I want to say if I am growing it, going short or staying the same and have them pick the best style for me.  

My current stylist is fantastic and easily accomplishes my criteria.  The last stylist I loved closed shop and moved.

In saying that, I really wanted to make something for her first baby.

Thank you to my coworker for holding up my quilt for pictures!

The backing of the quilt is a soft minky fabric.

I chose a satin binding for the blanket, I was wanting to add different textures to it.

For the quilting I went with free motion hearts and loops.  I am not one to sit down with a pattern, so I just basted the quilt and started to quilt it.  I went a little heavier then I had planned, I think it looks great up close, but loses a little when you look at the whole quilt.

I hope the quilt washes well, I was a little nervous after my first wash as the fabric looked a little worn, I am hoping that it is a good quality fabric and last through many washes.

Again, to my stylist, Congratulations to your new baby!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Polka Dot Quilt
Size: approx. 40" x 40"
Backing: Minky Dot
Quilting: free motion hearts and loops
Started : February 12, 2013
Completed: February 23, 2013
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