Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Girl and Her Japanese Quilt


Last week we went in for an ultrasound and found out that we are having a healthy baby girl!  This will be girl #5 for us.  My husband is hopelessly outnumbered with all his little girls, wife, 6 hens and a female cat.  Poor guy.  ;)

But now that we know that it is a girl, I can officially start sewing baby things!  The only problem is that I am not in the mood for sewing with a bunch of pink.  I want to use all the special fabric that I have been saving.  Great idea, huh?  Only it happens to be gender neutral/boyish.  Oh well, people never seem to pick up on gender clues anyway.  I don't know how many times I have taken my baby girls out all dressed in pink and someone congratulates me on my baby boy.  ?!?

Anyway...here is baby quilt #1.  I made it with about half of the 5 inch Japanese Charms I received in two swaps last year.  It is made out of 4 super-sized granny square blocks.  It was relatively fast and easy to piece.  The slowest/funnest part was laying out the squares and rearranging them until I was pleased with the layout.

 The blue block.  I love the frogs, fruit and owls!

 The red block.  I tried a lot of different fabrics and placements for this block.  I ended up cutting some of my own Japanese fabric to have enough red to make the outer round.  I think the fabric placement/contrast worked out well.

 The green block.  This block layout came together fast, except for the pesky center square.  I'm still not sold on it, but it was the best looking option.  I am loving the Echino cars and blue Scandinavian inspired prints.

 The pink block.  At first pink was going to be the outer round in this block, but it just didn't play well with the other block colors.  I like the final layout and the pop of brown in the center.  The pig and reindeer fabric are too cute for words.

And there it is!  Baby Girl #5's Japanese Squares blanket!


I'm linking up with Amy's One Thing, One Week Challenge.  My goal was to finish this quilt top and I did it!

24 comments:

  1. Congrats, we have a family with 5 girls in our church and how they love their daddy.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congrats on a beautiful baby girl!!! That is so fun!! The quilt is amazing!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congratulations! Your hubby is a special man to have so many ladies to take care of! Love the quilt.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Congratulations! love the quilt! And so true about people not picking up on gender clues. My boys were often mistaken for girls when wearing blue.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love the idea that you used the Japanese fabric for the granny squares to make this quilt. It looks great. It will be a fun sort of I Spy quilt. Congratulations on another girl!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Parabéns,meninas dão as minhas preferidas,tenho 3,um neto e agora nasceu uma neta.A cor que eu menos gosto é rosa,as minhas filhas só usaram o que ganharam.Agora com a neta...está com um festival de rosa e lilás.Ontem eu perguntei se não tinha outra cor,e minha filha respondeu que está se vingando pois sempre gostou de rosa kakakak.Felicidades e saúde para sua famíla.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Congrats!!! I love granny squares- such a cute quilt. People call my daughter a little boy all the time because she doesn't have a whole lot of hair - even when she has a bow in her hair and is wearing a pink dress - oh well.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Huge congratulations Leila!! The baby quilt is gorgeous!!
    People ALWAYS think my 2 yr old girl is a boy because her hair refuses to grow. Seriously even when she's dressed in bright pink from head to toe!!! Some people have no clue!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hurrah another girl! Boys are great but we need girls just as much!
    lovely quilt ready and waiting for her- that's cute!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Congrats on the baby girl. I was at the grocery store one day holding my little girl all dressed in pink, while her big brother stood next to me. A woman came up and asked my son if I was holding his little brother, he just gave the woman a confused look.

    Adore the Japanese prints, quilt is gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Yay! I come from a family with six girls all in a row (and my two forgotten brothers at the end). There's nothing better than sisters! Your girls are so lucky!

    I don't think I remembered that you are pregnant???

    But the quilt is BEAUTIFUL and I especially love the blue block--those green apple squares are my favorite fabric!

    Congrats, Leila!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Congratulations on your baby girl, Leila! You will seriously need more bathrooms in your house for those teenage years! Beautiful quilt top :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow Leila!! congrats on the baby girl! I love your take on what to do with the Japanese charms. how original... I love seeing what pele do with all those charms. AM

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow Leila!! congrats on the baby girl! I love your take on what to do with the Japanese charms. how original... I love seeing what pele do with all those charms. AM

    ReplyDelete
  15. Congratulations on your happy news! Healthy is a magical word, be it boy or girl!
    Your Granny Square quilt is absolutely precious with all those wonderful fabrics. Your new daughter will love it so much.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love this quilt--a perfect way to use up the huge number of I Spy charms I have! Congratulations on your baby girl!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Fab pattern for those prints. Congrats on your baby girl. Her sisters must be so excited. My sister had short hair so everyone thought she was a boy.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Congratulations and the quilt looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Congratulations on another girl! I love the quilt! I may have to use the idea for all my stash fabrics I'm collecting.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wow, FIVE girls! And I feel like I have my hands full with two. : ) Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh my goodness! Baby Girl Number Five is very lucky to have such a pretty quilt made for her but wow are you an angel - a mother of FIVE girls! I need a nap just thinking about it! Congratulations on your growing family. Such an exciting time! I am pregnant with our first and we aren't finding out boy or girl - lots of gender neutral over at my house right now. :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. Gosh! 5 girls! Many congratulations and I hope everything goes smoothly for you. :-) I'm here via Amy's OTOW linky and that quilt is *fabulous*!! I love that you went with bright, fun fabrics--and all those Japanese prints. J'adore! The red block is my favourite (no surprises there!) I like best the block with the Dala horse. :-)

    Hazle
    suntred02 at aol.com

    ReplyDelete