A map quilt

29 03 2011

I’ve been a busy girl the last week(+), working on a secret present for one of my readers: a baby quilt made to look like a map of Gilroy, the home town of both awesome, soon-to-be parents Stephanie and Adam. This was a ridiculous undertaking but it turned out pretty decent:

The following is the story of creation with semi dark and blurry pictures because most of the work, and therefore pictures, happened after work when it was dark outside.

First! Come up with the idea and think self genius. Buy fabric:

Plan out quilt (this took me months, primarily spent staring at blank graph paper, mostly because I was super freaked out by how silly I was in coming up with this project) and cut out squares. Mine were 2.5 inches each for a quilt at 30×34 with 1/4 inch seam allowances:

Lay all the squares out:

Make little piles of each row so that you can sew a bunch at once:

Iron seams. No really: iron them.

Then, one at a time, pin each row to the one below at exactly the seam line, with the pin on the left hand side of the seam so that when you sew it you are less likely to have the sewing machine foot fold your seam back to the pre-ironed position:

Once you have the whole thing together:

Draw on your roads with a washable marker and stitch with embroidery thread (I might not recommend yellow for the highway…):

Then (and here’s where the pics got way to blurry to even post), cut out your backing to match your finished top, a lovely garlic pattern for this baby, pin it to the top with cotton batting in between, making a few ties at key places if you aren’t actually “quilting” the quilt, (which means this one is technically a comforter but I say whatever to that), and then make your binding and hand stitch it on, watching lots of bad tv like the Hugh Hefner documentary on Netflix:

Wash, to remove your pen lines and so that it’s ready for baby, and BAM! You made a quilt!

Oh – back at the hand stitching stage, I put stars where the grandparents live…

Looking forward to your little monster, Stephanie and Adam!!

This post powered by taco truck tacos, patience, Midol, and dark & stormies.

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8 responses

30 03 2011
Stephanie

One day I will tell little Thomas about how this quilt was made eating burritos and watching documentaries about Hugh Hefner.

You are the best.

30 03 2011
Amy

OMG, this is amazing. I am amazed by this. You have done something incredible here, Emma.

30 03 2011
erlthegirl

Thanks!

30 03 2011
ALH

You have also done something amazing by blogging the shit out of this quilt.

Do all readers get quilts of their home towns eventually? I don’t see the order form in the sidebar.

30 03 2011
Pupzilla

I like that you make things.

31 03 2011
Laura Pierce

ya… where’s the order form? great quilt & blog!

1 04 2011
Alison

Holy crap, woman. This rules. Almost makes me want to have a….

no it doesn’t. But it’s still awesome!

10 04 2011
Emily Esch

Holy crap, indeed, lady. You’re the inspiration.

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