Homemade Christmas 4 - Baby Quilt & Country Living Fair

 Here's a quilt I finally finished for my friend's 3rd son, who was born just before Christmas!

Got the fabric for this quilt at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta, GA, back in October.  I loved the fair, and wish I had blogged more about this event.  I dragged my little one and my husband there, but we actually had a great time and the weather was fantastic.  It was a lot of fun seeing the top of Stone Mountain and riding the train.
At the fair's entrance, it was cold that weekend in Atlanta!

 FFA supplies.  My husband is an agriculture teacher and this was a neat find, although we didn't buy it.  If I had a house to furnish, I would have bought this for a kid's room though.
 There was a glass blower on site making their products, really neat to watch.
 A bowl of buttons.  All day I kept quiet and didn't say that I was looking for buttons.  Then I saw the pictures my husband took after we were back home.  ARGH - BUTTONS!  Never saw them so I didn't buy any.
 Cool tool box.
Top of Stone Mountain - baby fast asleep.

I am so inspired at these large fairs to see how people showcase their handmade items, their antiques, and their displays.  Everything was beautiful.  I'll definitely be going back to the next fair in 2012.  And I also want to get some of the creativity I feel when I'm at a fair like this into something concrete.  When I think about all the things I want to make, gah!  I'm overwhelmed.  I'm going to try to make some of these items in batches to perhaps sell at a local fair and see if I can get things going here with nasagreen :)

The fabric I chose was a more old-fashioned looking set of fabrics, smaller repeats and more soothing colors.  I got a bake stack, from Moda Bake shop designs, and a coordinating back for the quilt.  This was my inspiration, from pinterest (again, all my best ideas are from my biggest time drain).

One thing I focus on when making baby quilts is to make the quilt adult enough that the quilt can grow with the child and it can be a cherished possession past their childhood.  The reverse is that I don't want to make something that doesn't fit a baby either.  You should keep in mind the durability of the fabrics as well, because if the owner really LOVES the quilt, it will be dragged around by a corner of the quilt.  Corner fabric durability is also a high concern.  My littlest sister had a blankey that she kept with her (and still does) and the corners were her favorite part.  They held up pretty well, but finally gave way a few years ago.  We've done numerous emergency repairs to that blanket and it still is her favorite.

It didn't take long to make the quilt top and I just used a walking foot to machine quilt along the chevrons.  It was really simple and I got to use a little of my fabric stash for the binding fabric.  I also added a label on the back with his name.  I hope he becomes a math whiz when he grows up and really likes this quilt.

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