Thursday, March 21, 2013

For a Nursery

About a month ago, I was contacted by a Mom who was looking for some custom nursery items for her baby boy to be.  After hearing what she had in mind, I knew it was a great opportunity for me to wet my feet in a bigger custom sewing project. 

This Mom-to-be wanted several items for the nursery - a crib skirt, changing pad cover, quilt, and pillow - all in a grey, white and red color scheme.  First, she asked for a chevron grey/white crib skirt with a coordinating grey hem band.  I selected Riley Blake chevron in grey/white and Michael Miller cotton couture solid in stone for the hem.  The result is a fun and modern nursery piece! 

Crib Skirt

For the changing pad cover, she selected this cool, bright Patty Young vintage houndstooth print in red.  Such a nice pop!

Changing Pad Cover

The quilt is my favorite piece (surprise!) and was so fun to put together.  The Mom-to-be wanted a simple quilt without too many patterns or prints.  With the chevron theme in mind, I immediately thought about this quilt, which has been on my mental "to try" list for a long time.        

Chevron Quilt

It took me a little time to figure out the best way to piece this quilt.  And, in fact, I made another quilt using the exact same pattern, but in a completely different style.  I'll share more on that quilt and the process I used for both later.  Just know that this was a fun and quick quilt to put together.  I used Michael Miller cotton couture fabrics in stone and soft white for the front and backed it in the same red vintage houndstooth.  It is super soft and crinkly and all ready for a sweet little baby!  

Quilt Back

Last but not least, I sewed this cute pillow with baby's name (such a great name, yes?).  She chose this fun elephant fabric by Premier Prints - a perfect complement to the other red prints in the nursery.  I hand embroidered his name on the center panel and added piping details to the top and bottom of this panel.     


After this experience, I'm feeling more motivated and excited to pursue more custom sewing and quilting.  There is something special about taking another person's vision and bringing it to life!  Tomorrow, this pile of goodies will be off to a new home.  It makes me happy to think about how much love all of these handmade items will receive for years to come.       

The Whole Package

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