Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pinning It Down {4} Baby Book of Colors

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I didn't think I'd get this one finished in time for this week's link-up, but a baby who took a super long nap, then stayed up way too late plus a patient husband who loves playing with silly-happy-I'm-not-tired-babies all worked together to help me make this happen.

I have been itching to make something for Cupcake lately. You crafty types know what I'm talking about. It's almost compulsive! Well, since I don't have the yarn I need for a blanket I have in mind, I turned my attention to this beautiful soft book of colors, because fabric scraps I have plenty of!

I was woefully lacking in oranges and yellows (guess they're not exactly my favorite colors) so rather than a rainbow theme like Baby Finn's book in the tutorial, I made just a book of colors and called it....
One thing I did different--- when you are ready to stitch the batting to the layered squares in step 6, I didn't just stitch the top, right side and bottom. I also stitched the corners on the left side, just about an inch each, so that there was still an open space to turn it inside out but the corners were already done. 

As you can see, she really likes it! She's already read it, touched it, and chewed on it which is the equivalent of 2 thumbs up in baby speak. 
Her sisters had a ball with remembering where all the little scraps of color came from. 
A quiltie for a cousin, an Easter dress sash, a nightie gown, even a pair of pajama bottoms are in there.
Sleepy tired serious faced baby!
I used some adorable cupcake fabric that my SIL decorated her table with for Cupcake's baby shower for the cover. I have never made a quilt square before. Maybe a crazy quilt square wasn't the smartest one to start off with but I think I got the hang of it after a awhile. You'll notice that some pages are less crazy than others. Other than that, it was fairly easy.

Hey... speaking of stitching and fabric... did you sign up for the giveaway in the post below?

19 comments:

  1. Oh, that is so lovely! I'm only starting on cutting the squares for one!

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  2. Oh how sweet...pinning this down!

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  3. You've been so busy making gifts for everyone else, I'm glad you took a little break to make something for Cupcake! The book is darling, just like that sweet little girl of yours.

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  4. Such a sweet little book. I love the quiltiness of it!

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  5. Beautiful book, Charlotte! Don't you just love fabric with 'history' like that. So the color book not only has all the love you put into making it, but love from all those other projects you've made for so many others as well. That's quite a special book!

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  6. What a super cute little book! I love that you put in some fabric that had a little different texture/feel to it here and there. Wonderful multi-sensory play. I really enjoy these "Pinning it Down" posts. Very inspiring! Time for me to go pin this now. :)

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    1. I wish I had had more textured pieces like velvet or burlap. I guess my stash isn't as varied as I'd like it to be.

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  7. Such a cute project! I still have a cloth book my aunt made for Geoffrey, and he's 22! I love making quilts for the same reason your girls love the book -- remembering favorite things. I saving my favorites of Faith's nightgowns and dresses for a big quilt some day. :-)

    Love that little cupcake!

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  8. That's adorable! Crazy quilting seems like it's supposed to be the most forgiving for beginners---no seams have to match.

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  9. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this.

    And I have to tell you- anytime my girls are reading over my shoulder and your little Cupcake is on the screen, there is no end to the cute-baby-gushing. :) We can't help ourselves.

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    1. Are they practice gushing for when their own little one arrives?

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  10. The book is adorable, but the baby is even cuter. She is going to love this for a long time, mama.

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  11. so sweet. you've been busy. cupcake is getting so big.

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  12. What a cutie you've got there

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    1. Here are my pinboards:
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  14. It was so hard to pay attention to your lovely project, what with that scrumptious baby in the pictures! What a beautiful keepsake you've made. The baby seems to love it, too! Thank you for sharing, Charlotte...

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  15. I LOVE this! You did a great job and she sure looks like she's enjoying it.

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