Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Kaydence's Take 2 Blankie... The BIG Reveal!!!

November and December have flown by in a flash this year ya'll!
I had a big finish the beginning of November and flew into working on Kaydence's Take 2 Blankie.... her mom says that is what they will be calling it ... a blankie... so I figured why not incorporate that into the name!! LOL

Linking this post with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts ... HERE!
as well as Kelly with NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) .. HERE!

It started with my friend Wendy sharing the instructions for making what I found was called Anita's Arrowhead blocks for this quilt.

Then I made a tutorial for this block myself as well right HERE!

To make sure I was on track though I made 1 block for a final measurement of the block itself... and made this graphed drawing to work from...

I used a different color for each block and used white as my neutral ~ mom's request as well! :)
Soon I had 8 of those blocks made and a special center block as well!
And at my request Kaydence's mom sent me HER handwriting of Kaydences' full name and birth statistics...
 I started the hand embroidery on the center block on November 13, 2015...
 And had finished better than I imaged it to look on November 18, 2015 :)
 And by Thanksgiving weekend I had the flimsy together ready to layer, pin and START Hand Quilting !!!!
The vibrant green fabric you see in this quilt was thanks to my friend Connie  As was the fun backing fabric I used when I layered it...
Then I started the quilting in my hoop starting in the center...
while watching Bonnie Hunter's most recent Quilt Cam... I did a fun wavy cross hatch in the center :)

All the Anita's Arrowhead blocks I stitched in the ditch... I wanted their graphic quality to shine... not my stitching as much... but then there was the orange inner border...
I used turquoise Valdani 12 wt perle cotton thread as I had on the center block ... in this cute Heart and Swirls pattern I had a stencil for just for this quilt! :)

Then back to wavy cross hatching for the outer border...
Isn't this outer border the cutest owl fabric EVER!!! ???  I loved working with it :)

But those green cornerstones needed something more than a cross hatch job....
So I made a stencil from paper that would last for marking these 4 cornerstones... and stitched them in the pink I had used in the middle square in the green as well to make a great balance to the quilting overall I think...
So now that all hearts lead to the center of the quilt... it was time to label and wash the quilt .. bring out the texture and I think it shows okay here... but here are close ups of that....

 So for the blocks and outer border I used YLI 40/3 thread in white so it was all tone on tone in the end.. all else used was Valdani 12 weight Perle cotton I found searching online :)

I used a Hobbs Tuscany Cotton/Wool blend batting for that cool wrinkly texture but still have loft too...

Overall I am VERY pleased .. but who cares what I think... lets see what the recipient thought...

Just 7 months old and already playing peek a boo with her new blankie!!!  Thanks to my son James for catching these shots of his daughter receiving her new blankie :D

So I do believe I can call this quilt a success!!! And it clocks in at just a bit smaller than the 49" square it started out as before washing!!!

Any plans for New Years Eve??  I will be staying in and going to bed at regular time... I did get a bottle of non alcoholic bubbly for my girls to enjoy though !

Thanks for visiting!  Until my next post with next years goals and theme revealed...


  1. Oh it so so awesome! And Kaydence looks so happy with her blankie! Just love it!

  2. Happy quilt - happy baby! Looks great!

  3. Just love this quilt - and what a happy looking girl!!! Love your idea to get the mother's writing of her name. Will have to remember that one!!!

  4. Oh Kathi, it's beautiful. I love the happy colors and it's so obvious that little Kaydence loves it too. Congrats! on a sweet beautiful finish!

  5. Yes! I agree... This blankie is a success! Love all the details. The hand quilting is amazing. And those peek-a-boo photos are so sweet! Congratulations Grammy!

  6. What a beautiful finish! Looks like she loves her new blankie.

  7. This is amazing! You did a great job! And what a little cutie Caydence is!! She will cherish this forever!

  8. It turned out great and such a cute baby and I always think a baby with a full head of hair is so cute - both mine were born with a head of black hair that they kept a family thing -

  9. Beautifully done! From the bright colors to the thoughtful stitching.


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