Thursday, November 19, 2015

Retro Finish - "Parker's Ducks"

OK, I fully admit to dawdling when it comes to finishing my November goal for the Lovely Year of Finishes over at Sew Bittersweet Designs.
Or as my dear husband says, I dawdle dawdle dawdle. But I have my reasons! 1) I threw my back out and have been hobbling around for almost a week, and 2) I hate quilt basting. I use the pin & floor method, which is a topic for another day. Don't even start me on my hatred of spray basting.

Since I have no current progress elsewhere, I thought I'd search through my photos and share with you some projects I completed pre-blog, aka a Retro Finish.

Little boy baby blanket
 This was a little baby blanket I completed for a cousin's firstborn, and the first great-grandchild for my aunt and uncle. Although the top is pieced, I used the concept illustrated in this tutorial for completing it - except my top and bottom were the same size. What makes this one special is the fabrics used. The solid blue sheeting and patterned brown/blue cotton were used as tablecloths at mom's baby shower. The duck fabric remnants came from a quilt I made for baby's great-grandpa, who passed from cancer. Little Parker won't remember his great-grandpa, but he'll know his blankie was cut from the same cloth as his great-grandpa's.

Dramatic artsy shot draped over the rock wall. (I have no quilt holder-upper helpers!)
 I decided to fussy cut the ducks, and what ever height / width I needed to form rows, I'd just make up a block or two as needed. There was no agonizing or fussing over which blocks to create, I decided to keep it simple, and I think it turned out great. Best I can recall, this ended up being about 35x45-ish. There is no batting or quilting, and the back is made up of the solid blue sheeting. It turned out as a very nice, lightweight summertime baby blanket, great for car or stroller outings.

Linking up to Krista for Throwback Thursday!



  1. I love that the fabric has meaning and some history. How sweet!

  2. That turned into a very cute quilt! I love that you added special fabric into the baby's quilt. Wonderful. How old is he now?


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