|Special occasions, such as the birth of a baby, inspire us to make a quilt (we know that many quilters got their start by making a baby quilt!). Since every quilter needs a baby quilt from time to time, we thought it was a good idea to help you get your creative juices flowing by sponsoring a baby quilt contest!
The rules were simple: Make an original design baby quilt of your choice, quilt it, and send it off to Love of Quilting.
As a little incentive, winners of the contest could receive a brand new Bernina Activa 230 PE sewing machine, a collection of Fons & Porter books and notions, 50 fat quarters from Maywood Studios, or a Sweet Sixteen™ pack from Maywood Studio. The response to our baby quilt contest was spectacular! We received hundreds of quilts—so many that choosing the top three was a challenge. You can learn more about the winning quilts and several Honorable Mention selections are below (you can click on the photos for a larger image of the quilts). Congratulations, winners!
Monte Vista, CO
Designed by Bea with parts of the train patterned after an old Cappers Weekly pattern she has kept for over 50 years. Fused and then each piece was satin-stitched and quilted with hearts (free motion). Quilt measures 41″ x 44 ½”
|Sugar & Spice
This whole cloth quilt was machine embroidered (used Bernina 200) and machine quilted in a hoop. It was made for her son’s first baby – which was a boy! Quilt measures 37” x 37”
|Little Lambs Eat Ivy
Overland Park, KS
Janet collects sheep fabric and this contest provided her an opportunity to finally use some of it. Quilt measures 35″ x 46″.
|Sailing Under the Stars
Mary Ann Eck
Quilt was designed with the hope that every new life will experience smooth sailing. Quilt measures 47½” x 47½”. Sailboats are machine appliquéd using clear Sulky polyester thread. Machine quilted using a walking foot and Mettler silk-finish multicolor cotton thread.
Brenda A. Jones
Brenda designed her own version of the nineteenth century provenceal ‘Les Boutis’. Quilt is all beautifully hand-quilted and measures 34½” x 34½”.
|A Star is Born
Sandra challenged herself to make a quilt using fabrics from her stash only. She used Fons & Porter Flying Geese and Half & Quarter Square rulers in contructing the star blocks and border. The quilt measures 36″ x 48″.
Janeen Pearson, Rita Bigelow, and Tamara Watts
Three friends were inspired to work on a quilt together and enter their first ever contest. Quilt measures 46″ x 47″.
Kelly combined her love of the 30’s reproduction and drafted a paper pieced block and border with whimsical talking flowers. The quilt measures 43″ x 43″.
|Cuddles in Camouflage
Mindy’s nephew announced he was to be a father, and that it was a baby boy. He chose camouflage as the challenging theme for the baby’s room. This quilt is Mindy’s creative endeavor at welcoming the new baby home. The quilt measures 39½” x 39½”.