There are lots of wee ones coming into my life this year – all to my friends! At the end of July / beginning of August I remembered that there were two wee bairns who were due to make their appearance very, very soon! The boy and I spent an evening going through all the charm packs I amassed while a member of the Pink Chalk Fabrics Charming Solids monthly club. We picked out the Summersville charm pack (by Lucie Summers for Moda) for a friend of ours from college and the Good Fortune charm pack (by Kate Spain for Moda) for a dear friend of mine. We may have also planned out some future quilts for when some other friends of ours decide to have babies.
Once I decided to work from the charm packs I started searching around the Internets for a good baby quilt pattern from charm packs that was also quick since I had two quilts and a sweater to churn out in a month. I stumbled on the YouTube videos of one Ms Jenny Doan and fell down a rabbit hole. Momma Doan is probably single-handedly responsible for restoring my sewing self esteem. I whipped through these baby quilts and a few other items with a new found confidence (mine had been missing ever since I learned you have to “true up” fabric).
The tutorial I ended up using for the Summersville quilt is the Modern Square Garden Quilt from Tea Rose Home. The sashing did wonders for toning down the Summersville print while still allowing it to be as fun and playful as it is. 🙂
I really love how this turned out! It sewed up quickly and before I knew it I had a finished quilt on my hands (except for the binding since I hand sew down my bindings). As luck would have it, the night I sat down to finally finish sewing down the binding our friend’s baby boy was born. His quilt arrived at the house just around the time he did!
His parents are awesome and have already sent us some lovely pics of him enjoying his blanket. He’s the baby brother of the baby girl I sewed a quilt for last spring. 🙂