Monday, February 4, 2013

Hexagon Baby Quilt with Sarah Jane fabrics

Guess who has a brand new, cute baby niece this week? 
Every cute new baby deserves a cute new quilt, so... I made one. Shocker, right? I let my sister go through my stash and pick out favorite fabrics and colors, because I'm a super nice sister that way. She is much more artistic than me and has a great flair for color and style, so it was fun to let her do her thing and see what she came up with. You can see what I mean - this is what she picked for her first baby.
She choose lots of Sarah Jane prints and colors. (Those narwhals get me every time.) My sisters and I have been Sarah Jane groupies for a long time. It's so fun now that we can play with her art via fabric as well. I threw in a few more prints in the colors she chose and I love the way it's turned out.
For the back we used Sarah Jane's pinwheels and for the binding the orange polka dot from Children at Play.
I love the balloons print too. This new little gal has an older brother that LUVS balloons. So this print is in there for him. Maybe he can play I-spy with some of the other pictures in the quilt too. I've found that big brothers are often in need of good forms of distraction when new babies show up.
When I asked her what design she wanted, my sister was drawn to hexagon quilts. Which kind of freaked me out a little. I love hand-sewing hexagons together english-paper-pieceing style but had only ever completed small projects. The thought of a bigger quilt felt daunting to me.

Until I took a class from Kati about machine pieceing hexagons. So awesome! She has great tutorials here and here showing how she does it. Takes some patience, but so much faster than hand sewing. I also found an awesome 9" Hexagon die from AccuQuilt for my GO cutter and got it for myself for Christmas. Made the cutting SO slick. I think it's my new favorite die. I plan to put it to good use.
The custom quilting on this quilt was done by Emily of Emerson Quilting. I love how she custom quilted each hexagon. All of Emily's work is done free hand. Check out her website to see some of her amazing samples and great pricing.  If you're looking for Sarah Jane fabrics they are still available at Fat Quarter Shop and Poppy Seed Fabrics.

38 comments:

  1. Simply Adorable!! Love it!! I have been meaning to try out that tutorial of Kati's, maybe sometime this year :)

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  2. HI Amy! love those hexagones!
    and funny: the backing fabric is on my desk right now! love those pinwheels too!

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  3. Hi Amy. I´m crazy about your job! amazing!

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  4. Its adorable! I'm sure baby is going to love it! I love the whale pulling the mermaid hexie!

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  5. This is so cute! I just love the fussy-cut fabrics. Those spirals for the quilting are perfect, too. :)

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  6. So adorable!!! Now I want to run out and by the hexagon die, to make one of my own! :)

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  7. gorgeous quilt, what a lucky baby!

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  8. so cute and perfect for a baby girl.I'm itching to try machine piecing a hexagon quilt. That 9" die sounds like something I might have to get.

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  9. Love it! The fabrics are beautiful and I love the design too. I am taking a machine piecing hexagon quilt class at quiltcon and am now even more excited!

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  10. Love the quilt... the fabrics are so pretty! My sister is the same exact way... so much more artistic than me yet I'm the one who does all the actual crafting. Funny how that works out!
    -Sam

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  11. Oh So Cute!!! You're a wonderful Auntie!!!

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  12. So cute and sweet! It makes me want to sew another hexagon quilt. Now I'm wishing I had that large die!

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  13. I'm currently working on a quilt using the "Children At Play" for one of my boys and have a hexagons all cut out for a different project. I couldn't figure out the tutorial I'd been trying to follow for the machine pieced hexagons though, so this post could not have come at a better time! I love the quilt you made for your niece.

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  14. Love the combination of fabrics here, and they look great as hexies :o)

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  15. Super cute baby quilt and really loving the hexi's!

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  16. It is really cute. I'd love to make one of these (someday) thanks for the links to the tutorial.

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  17. A really lovely quilt, well done, the fabric choice is perfect.

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  18. What a lucky little girl! The fabric selection is spot on (I am another big fan of Sarah Jane's fabrics). I'm especially loving the pinks and oranges together.

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  19. So cute! Sarah's fabrics are just so cute. You really used them well here in this adorable quilt!

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  20. This is super cute and I love your swirly quilting!!

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  21. How cute is that! Great fabric choices.
    Hmmm. I have a large hexagon template ...

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  22. I love the narwhales *and* the paper airplanes!

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  23. Thanks so much for the post, Amy! I love the pics!!!

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  24. Beautiful work Amy! I love the swirls and the hexagons are balanced so well. You did a fabulous job and the little girl is blessed to have this gift. :)

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  25. So sweet !! Just love the fabrics too!
    Linda NZ
    Kokaquilts@gmail.com

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  26. What a beautiful quilt!!! I'm a Sarah Jane groupie also :)

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  27. i have been a Sarah Jane groupie since before she had fabric lines and am so glad we now have her illustrations to turn into clothes, quilts, etc. Even though her two lines are so different i have had a little fun combining them too! the quilt is darling and i love the hexagons!!

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  28. I really love Sarah Jane fabric and I think you've done a fantastic job with them. The hexagons are great!

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  29. This is darling! I love me some hexies ; )

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  30. Love this! I'm actually in the middle of making a hexagon quilt with the rocket boys fabrics from Sarah Jane's children at play line.

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  31. Gorgeous baby girls quilt, love it!

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  32. Such a beautiful quilt! I didn't realize there was a jumbo hexagon for the Go cutter, too...so thanks for that info!

    PS I received the fabric...will get going!
    Thanks!

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  33. Hi Amy, thanks for the blog - I love this quilt and will be making two for a set of twins! Can you tell me how much fabric you ended up using for the hexagons?

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  34. Beautiful quilt! I love the idea! What were the dimensions of your finished product? I am in the process of making a similar quilt. I love your fabric choices.

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