Thursday, February 26, 2015

From Bump to Baby Blog Hop + Giveaway

Today I am so excited to be a part of Gina Martin's From Bump to Baby blog hop. Even though Jeff and I are not planning on having another baby until later this year, I was super excited when these adorable fabrics came in the mail. They are bright and vibrant, and perfect for making special items for the baby or babies in your life.

I'm going to be showing you a fast and simple way to make an adorable patchwork baby quilt, plus there is a giveaway for 4 Charm Packs of Gina's line From Bump to Baby! I chose this project because it is something that you can make from the prize that you are winning. Hooray!

I love the three colorways Gina has created because you can get three distinct looks from one collection. Boy with the blues, Girl with the pinks, and Gender neutral with the yellows and greens. I also love that there are so many basic geometric prints, they mix and match so well and make fantastic stash builders! Because we all need more fabric in our stash!



For the quilt I am sharing with you today, I chose the bundle of pink fabrics to make a quilt for a co-worker of mine who just had a baby girl. Since I currently have a house full of boys, I don't often make girly things, so I jump at the chance when I can! 

Materials:
  • 10 Fat Quarters or 100 - 4.5"x4.5" Squares
  • 1 1/2 yards Backing
  • 1FQ to 1/2 yard Binding*
  • Crib Size Batting
  • Basic quilting essentials: 
    • Thread
    • Sewing Machine
    • Rotary Cutter & Mat
    • etc.
1. Take your fat quarters, and cut them into 4.5" wide strips. Not all FQ are created equal, so there isn't an exact number to strips that you'll end up with. You just need to make sure you get at least 10 4.5" squares from each fat quarter (there will be extra fabric). If using Charm Squares, trim down to 4.5" square.

2. Then cross-cut your strips into 4.5"x4.5" squares. You'll need at least 100 because our layout is 10 by 10, and I always like to have extras so I can switch out blocks here and there. This can go really quickly if you cut in batches, I like to stack 3 strips on top of each other, then stack them 3 deep on my mat.

3. Take a picture of your adorable helper because he loves having his picture taken :)

4. Next, layout your squares on your design board, or in my case, design floor until you have a layout you are happy with. This is where having a few extra squares comes in handy because you can swap out pieces. I try to not have the same fabrics touching side by side. Since I do most of my sewing at night I've adjusted the color/contrast of this picture so you can get a better feel for the colors.

4. Once you have finalized the layout of your blocks, sew them together in rows. Alternate the direction you press the seams for each row. You will have 10 rows of 10 squares.

So, I tried a new chain piecing method and it went lightening fast! And of course I didn't take any good pictures of it, but I will explain as best as I can.
I pieced the squares across and down each row, chain piecing as I went. So I pieced the 1st and 2nd sqaure of row 1, then pieced the 1st and 2nd sqaure of row 2, then continued down until the bottom row, cutting the threads at the end. Then WITHOUT snipping them apart, I went back to the top row and sewed the 2nd and 3rd squares together, continuing down as before. *I did not press my blocks between each addition*

5. Next piece your rows together, making sure you line up your seams well. Press row seams in one direction. You now have a completed quilt top!

6. Baste and quilt as desired. I am waiting on my brand new Janome 8900 that I bought at QuiltCon before I quilt mine. It is supposed to be delivered this evening and I am soooo excited!

One last thing for if you want rounded corners. After you quilt everything and before binding, take a bowl (any size you want) and line it up on the edges of each corner. The quilt under the bowl should make a tangent from the side. Then either rotary cut from there, or draw a line and cut with scissors.

If you are rounding the corners, like i did with this quilt, I would recommend that you make bias binding instead of straight grain binding. It is much easier to work with when sewing around the rounded edges. I like this tutorial, it is super helpful for figuring out how much yardage you'll need etc.

I know that was a lot of information, so if you have any question don't hesitate to ask!

So.... after all of that, now it's time for the giveaway! Gina has generously offered up all these goodies as prizes, be sure to visit the other bloggers posting for multiple chances to win!



I am giving away 4 charm packs of From Bump to Baby! To enter simply leave a comment telling me what you would make with this adorable line!

*For a bonus entry, head over to Instagram to follow me and leave a second comment here saying you did so :) I can't always write an entire blog post, but I do frequently update my Instagram with current projects, and of course my adorable son!

**Giveaway closes this Sunday & I will draw a random winner**

**Giveaway is now closed, thank you to everyone who entered!**

I have had so much fun working with this line and I am really looking forward to making quilts out of the other 2 colorways as well! Be sure to go see all the other amazing projects, and enter for more chances to win some pre-cuts!



85 comments:

  1. I have a lot of friends having babies soon and I think a patchwork aeroplane bag would be a nice diaper bag for someone. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. I love that this line is flexible- not overly baby. I have 2 young kiddos and many of the prints would be appropriate for them and the quilts I am making for them! Baby specific prints would go in my stash or into a quilt to donate! Thanks! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  3. I would definitely make a baby quilt - with rounded corners!!

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  4. I think these would be perfect for a baby blanket, and I love the mix of colors.

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  5. I think a patchwork tote would be cute to make for a new mom.

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  6. A little patchwork quilt, burp cloth, bag, bib-so many possibilities!

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  7. HI,love your projects! I'd probably make a charity baby quilt! Such a neat fabric collection!
    Thanks for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  8. I love making baby quilts, this is the perfect fabric line. Congratulations on your new Janome 8900, you must be so excited. Are you waiting at the door for postman? I would be, happy sewing! ;-> Toni Anne

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  9. I would definitely make your quilt! It is adorable! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  10. I would definitely try the charm quilt! Thanks!

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  11. I would make the charm quilt. I am giving a baby shower in April and this would be perfect!
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  12. Making baby quilts is one of my favorite fun things to do, so that's what I would make. Your quilt top is cute -- but not quite as cute as your helper!

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  13. I love your little quilt and would make a baby quilt as well. I've used your method of sewing the squares into rows and the rows together and the key is leaving some slack between each of the sets. I do like it.

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  14. i think a tote for a baby or maybe a quilt.............Very very pretty line...happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  15. love the fabric and your charm quilt is pretty ty for sharing

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  16. Thank you for your giveaway! From Bump -> Baby would be perfect for a baby girl quilt!!

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  17. Great quilt! I would an HST quilt for a friend who is expecting

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  18. I have a friend who just had a baby girl-this line would be perfect. I really like your quilt-and the neat way you did the chain stitching. I have never tried doing it that way but it looks fast and easy!

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  19. Charms are so easy and versatile, this quilt looks like I could whip one up just in time for my expecting co-worker

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  20. I would love to make a baby quilt for my friend. Thanks!

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  21. Love the charm quilt. Traditional checker patterns are so sweet!

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  22. This is such cute fabric. I would make a baby quilt, for sure. Thank you for sharing. cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  23. Your charm quilt is lovely and quick to put together. My nephew and his wife had a baby in January and I'd like to make a baby quilt for them.

    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

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  24. Your quilt is so darlin'. I think I'd make a charm quilt, too. Perfect for a baby. Thanks for sharing! cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  25. I would make it into a quilt. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  26. I would help my 9 yr old grand daughter who just finished her first quilt, make a baby quilt to give as a gift. Never too young to learn the joys of creating and giving. Cindy/ bluemoonstencils@yahoo.com

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  27. I would def make the charm quilt! Thanks for the chance!

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  28. I would help my 9 yr old grand daughter who is just learning to quilt make
    a baby quilt with it to give as a gift. Never too young to learn. Cindy/
    bluemoonstencils@yahoo.com

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  29. Your cheery quilt is delightful! I love making charm quilts for baby gifts. They are quick to make and it's such fun to use a variety of fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely fabric!

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  30. Thank you for the chance to win. I have a new niece and nephew on the way so I'll be creating for them! :)

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  31. I would make a quilt for my great-niece.....

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  32. Your simple patchwork quilt works beautiful with this line! After seeing yours, I would probably make the same! I love patchwork squares :)

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  33. Ooooh! sweeeet fabrics & love the Quilt! Easy & Adorable! We have new Granbaby due end of April...would looove to win...and make into a Quilt.. Thanks for chance to win! :)

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  34. I'd make burp cloths and bibs with this fabric. Love the colors!

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  35. I need a baby quilt for a friend so that's what I would make. This is such a pretty line. Love the stripes.

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  36. I would make some little coin purses, perfect for the inside of a pram bag where space is limited!

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  37. New granddaughter on the way, I have a couple of charm quilts in mind. Congrats on the new machine!

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  38. I think I would try to make a small quilt for my daughter for the car. She loves her blankies and I am sure she would love a homemade quilt. Thank you for the chance.

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  39. I think it would probably end up in a baby quilt for one of my husband's coworkers. There is no shortage of new babies there! :D

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  40. I just followed you on Instagram (pixelstopatchwork).

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  41. I am looking for fabric for a QAL...this would be perfect..and if I would be able to have some of the more baby related charms for another project. (hendrick.pj@outlook.com) thanks.

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  42. I would make a baby quilt. I love making baby quilts because of all the cute fabrics available (like these) and they go together quickly because of their smaller size.

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  43. I would make a baby charm quilt. It is quick and easy and SO cute!

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  44. I would make a infant quilt for my Goddaughter and a matching single diaper change bag! anitagambrell@yahoo.com

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  45. I have started filling you at Instagram! @gator1378

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  46. I would make a quilt out of this cute collection. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  47. Your baby quilt pattern looks so fun and easy. I think I would give it a try.

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  48. i would make a changing pad and diaper tote,

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  49. I would make a baby quilt of course!

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  50. I would make a baby quilt! Yours is so sweet.

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  51. I would make a baby quilt as well, charm packs will make that so easy! Thanks for the give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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  52. I just found out, yesterday, that we will have another baby in the family this fall! I think I would make a quilt just like yours - so fast, but very cute ! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win this lovely fabric!

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  53. I would definitely make a cute little baby quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  54. Also, I started following you on IG!

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  55. I love your colors. I am making an owl applique quilt and these colors would fit right in with what I am doing for my great grand daughter

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  56. I have a few friends who are expecting, so I will make them baby quilts!! This collection is so sweet, I'd love to win some charms!! Thanks for the chance.

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  57. I am now following you via IG @winkowl
    Thanks for another chance!!

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  58. I think I would make a changing bag and nappy holder. Lovely fabrics. Thank you for the giveaway.
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  59. Following you on Instagram!
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  60. I would for sure make a baby quilt like yours to help out my daughter whose husband's side of the family is exploding with babies lately. Patti

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  61. I love charm packs and it would be fun to mix this line up with a little bit of linen for a diaper bag.

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  62. I would add some coordinating solids and make a mini-kaleidoscope baby quilt, using Mary Mcguire designs "Whirl" quilt pattern. Thanks for the chance.

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  63. I would make a baby quilt and some burp rags!!!

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  64. Love your quilt and your tips along the way! I would make several baby gifts including a personalized bibs, a small tote bag, a wet wipes and diaper holder. If any charms are left over, I'd make a burp cloth. Such lovely fabrics!

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  65. Would make your sweet quilt for my sweet one month old niece.

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  66. With the charm squares all pre-cut for me, I would definitely make a baby quilt like yours. There should be enough left over for a burp cloth too. Thanks for your cute & quick tutorial!

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  67. I would make baby quilts for showers. sarah@forrussia.org

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  68. These fabrics would make such a cute quilt!

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  69. These charms would be perfect for a patchwork tote bag. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  70. I love your quilt, I would make one of those.

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  71. I'd probably make a lovely patchwork quilt, like yours. Gorgeous!

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  72. Oh the choices of things to make! Bibs, burp cloths, quilts, nursery accessories...endless! Thanks for the giveaway chance! akronne17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  73. Hilary, it's nice to meet you! Thank you for sharing and I have two new great twin nieces so I will be making each a snuggle blankie:)
    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  74. I would make something for my friend's new baby.

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  75. baby quilt , burp cloth's ,bibs and so much more for baby, thanks

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  76. So many great projects for so many sweet babies!!

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  77. I am following you on Instagram, cant wait to see your posts!

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  78. I'd make a baby quilt too!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  79. I'm following you on Instagram!
    tstanulis@verizon.net

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  80. I would quilt a blankie for my sweet niece. :)

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  81. A quilt for a friend having a baby this Fall!

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