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A quilt for a darling baby - www.paperiaarre.com I can't wait for one special girl to arrive in the world. She's almost here and I'm so happy she's coming. So I made her a quilt...

A quilt for a darling baby - www.paperiaarre.com

A quilt for a darling baby - www.paperiaarre.com

A quilt for a darling baby - www.paperiaarre.com

A quilt for a darling baby - www.paperiaarre.com

and some gauze muslin cloths...

Gauze muslin cloths for a darling baby - www.paperiaarre.com

Gauze muslin cloths for a darling baby - www.paperiaarre.com

Another friend crafting for this baby put it well: "Some babies are too rock for basic baby blankets". Somehow I know this baby is going to grow up awesome (like all my friends' babies, of course). The contrasting colours on this quilt should be fun for the baby even when she's still tiny, and I doubt the parents mind my colour choices either!

PS. In case you're interested, the fabrics I used on the quilt are mostly from the following collections (and bought with my own money - no paid ads here):

Black+White 2016 by various designers for Cotton+Steel

Cat Lady by Sarah Watts for Cotton+Steel

Just a Speck by Jen Kingwell Designs for Moda Fabrics

The panda and arrow gauze fabrics are by Kokka

 

the forest floor quilt

quilt made using Forest Floor fabrics - by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com Lots of lovely babies coming into the world this year! What a great reason for quilting! I've made a bit of a habit out of making quilts for the new tiny people closest to me. It's so nice to create something entirely different from my usual books and collages. This time I made a simple quilt for a little girl born mid-September using Forest Floor fabrics designed by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery.

quilt made using Forest Floor fabrics - by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

As you can see, this isn't a baby-size quilt. I like to make larger quilts that can be used all through the childhood and even as a lap quilt later on. Babies stay babies for such a short period, and it's not that much more work to create a child size quilt if I have the option to do that (time/energy-wise). Also making a larger quilt allows me to pick more cute fabrics!

quilt made using Forest Floor fabrics - by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

The Forest Floor collection includes loads of beautiful prints that worked beautifully with the matching solids. There are bunnies and bugs and mushrooms and all sorts of things you could find on the forest floor, especially if you're a bit closer to it than adults are. I didn't know the gender of the baby when I was picking the fabrics I was going to use, but the colour scheme of the collection would've allowed me to create a more boyish quilt had I wanted to. I found out the baby is a girl before I got to work, but I don't really believe in colour coding baby things, so I opted not to create a completely pink quilt, and went for pink, blue, and green instead.

quilt and doll quilt made using Forest Floor fabrics - by Kaija Rantakari / paperiaarre.com

The big sister of the new baby got her own quilt a couple of years ago. As I had some leftovers from the large quilt I decided to make a little quilt for the big sister's baby doll. I'm in no way a great quilter, but I find it's good for me to create something without the pressures of perfectionism for a change. I stick to simple patterns and do my best, and that's perfectly alright. My mother can do all the crazy difficult and time-consuming entirely-from-existing-fabric-stash quilts.

As I'm writing this post the next baby and her quilt are both almost ready, so it won't take long until the next quilt blog post from me!

This and that.

I've finally made some case bound books too. It feels rather silly that I hardly ever make these really basic books anymore. I'm just so in love with coptic binding. I usually stick to my favorites once I've found them. I prefer my chocolate made by Fazer, my eggs organic, my books written by Marguerite Duras, my breakfast yogurt and my yogurt Valio's Hedelmäpommi (peach, apricot and raspberry). Back from the sidetracks, here's the first case bound book covered in fine sage linen, stenciled with ochre. Approx. 14.5x21.5cmx1.7cm. 160 pages.


And here's my first quilt! Or at least the first one I've made since childhood. That's mr. Paperiaarre holding the quilt, and the quilt is for a new baby boy of our friends. The quilt is about 85x85cm. Green on top, waterproof on the back, just in case. Since Blogger doesn't upload some of my photos in the right way, see close-up here.


We've also made something for the fresh big brother, but more about that later. I can tell you that it included me teaching my not-so-crafty DH how to sew!