Diaper Changing Pad for Dad

When I finished the denim Farm Fresh baby quilt last week I decided to make a Portable Diaper Changing Pad for Dad as well.

Diaper Changing Mat

Diaper Changing Mat

I followed this pattern from So Sew Easy but made changes to the flap and fastening. Because this is a baby gift for dad, I thought a more angular would be more masculine.  The button hole came about because I forgot to sew in the elastic hair tie after redoing the binding.

Clutch Style Option #2

Clutch Style Option #2

The changing pad was made using denim scraps from the baby quilt, some soccer scraps  gifted to me, and two fat eighths from my stash.

The flame and black denim print fabric were in a random bundle I purchases from Tuesday Morning several year ago.  Not being my particular style, I was unsure of what I could use them for.  Then lightbulb a moment occurred: I realized they would be perfect to incorporate into a masculine diaper changing pad for dad.

Fat eighths for pockets and binding

Fat eighths for pockets and binding

Still following the “using what ya got” and “make it work” mantra I’ve been repeating, I used an old vinyl shower curtain to make a wipeable surface for the inside of the changing mat.  However; when I washed it and dried it in the dryer (expecting issues yet still wanting to test durability) the vinyl melted a bit.

Melted lining

Melted lining

It was a blessing in disguise as I was not thrilled with how the binding was attached on the wide corners, nor the fact that the white vinyl covered up the reverse of the quilting inside.

Out came the seam ripper.  I then attached a clear plastic repurposed off of a pillow sleeve (the ones pillows are sold in at the store).  I save all of those plastic cases linens come in from the store to use for storage (a habit from my mom).  New plastic on and you can now see the reverse side of the quilting!

Reverse quilting

Reverse quilting

Jaybird Quilts has a nice little tutorial on how to handle those awkward angles when it comes to binding.  And while I was close originally, it came out much nicer the second time around.

Binding reattached

Binding reattached

Binding side view

Binding side view

All that is left is to get a few diapers and wipes before gifting these to the parents-to-be.

Inside

Inside

Outside

Outside

I hope mom, dad, and baby Maximiliano enjoy!

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Finished Farm Fresh #3

After taking lots of feedback from family, friends and blog readers into consideration I finally decided on a design for my Farm Fresh baby quilt #3.

Winner: #6 Off-set Diamond

Winner: #6 Off-set Diamond

Close-up of stitch in the ditch & straight line quilting

Close-up of stitch in the ditch & straight line quilting

To make sure everything was pieced correctly (avoiding my mistake from the previous layout) I used the half wall outside my craft room to layout the rows while sewing them together.

Piecing the rows together

Piecing the rows together

The back was pieced together with a braided herringbone strip made from scraps from my previous Farm Fresh quilts.

Braided Herringbone pieced from scraps

Braided Herringbone pieced from scraps

Personally, I like quilts with a reversible backing that is as interesting, thoughtfully laid out, and beautiful as the front.

Herringbone Backing

Herringbone Backing

The binding was mainly denim, with a few scraps from the herringbone backing thrown in as well.  I know I cheated by machine sewing the binding, but my goal was to get this project done and have it nicely secured.

Scrappy Binding

Scrappy Binding

The denim softened up and faded nicely after being washed and thankfully the indigo dye did not run.

Cozy and ready for a new home

Cozy and ready for a new home

Finished size ended up at 48in x 33in.

Despite taking apart the quilt top, this was one of the quickest quilts I have completed.  I even managed to make an extra gift with dad in mind.

It’s great motivation to finish up my other WIP, the “What the Hex” quilt that I’ve been working on for about 10 months now, and to start on the rest of my “To Do” list for the year.

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One little block, So many options.

On Friday I decided I was not happy with the direction of my Farm Fresh baby quilt. I spent the afternoon taking out the little quilting I had done and ripping apart the blocks.

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While I thought I had decided on a new design, the half square triangle is such a versatile block. (I must apologize in advance for the dark photos- they were taken at night on my cell phone)

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Original Alternative Layout

I laid out a few different arrangements and now can’t decide which I like best.

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Alternative #1

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Alternative #2

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Alternative Layout #3

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Alternative Layout #4

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Alternative Layout #5

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Alternative Layout #6

I am asking for help! What layout do you think is best for a baby boy? My original layout or one of the alternatives?

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Back to the Start

“No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back”- Turkish Proverb

I started on my final Farm Fresh baby quilt about 2 weeks ago.  Inspired by this updated chevron design by Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio I began making 96 HST with the remaining pieces of Farm Fresh by October Moon for Riley Blake that I had.

Blocks were pieced and trimmed.

First block pieced and trimmed

First block pieced and trimmed

Arranged with the help of my husband.

Initial layout

Initial layout- sorry for the blurry phone picture!

Then sewn together incorrectly.  I thought about ripping it out and fixing it, but then decided to press on thinking it was “design” intervention.  Our newest addition, Dora, seemed to think it was fine.

Dora approved, even if it was sewn together wrong

Dora approved, even if the top was sewn together wrong

After using what batting I had and assembling it into a patchwork (making it work), basting begun.

Patchwork batting

Patchwork batting

Basting

Basting

One chevron quilted and I was done for the day.

Thinking overnight about it, I decided was not thrilled with the overall look of the top. The color balance, the patchwork look of some chevrons but not all.

Turning back from the wrong path

Turning back from the wrong path

So I am settling in with my seam ripper, Harry Potter, and copious amounts of coffee and taking it all apart and going back practically to the beginning.

I have figured out a much better HST design and will be busy sewing it all back together tomorrow while the hubs is in class.

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