I started a baby quilt for her before she was born and finally finished it a few weeks ago. (Guess I spent more time playing with the baby than sewing :)
It's based on the traditional Irish Chain pattern, with appliqued cupcakes filling the empty squares between the pieced areas.
I embroidered her full name and birthdate by hand using DMC floss.
I selected a font that I liked on the computer, then printed out the lettering in the desired size. A blue washout marker was used to trace the lettering onto the fabric, then I did the stitching.
The collection of cotton quilt fabrics included a border print which I used as the main border around the pieced area of the quilt.
Other strips of the border fabric were cut and used as binding for the quilt. Precision was necessary to have just the portion that I wanted on the design to show, like this thin line of darker pink on the back.
The quilt is backed with creamy white non-pilling polar fleece. It provides a nice soft surface for the baby to lie on or under, and it's a breeze to quilt. I machine quilted Callie's Cupcake Quilt on my Bernina 1630 sewing machine.
I sketched out lots of design possibilities for the cupcakes, then narrowed it down to just eight.
They have fluffy frosting and sprinkles...
chunks of chocolate...
M & Ms and fondant flowers...
wavy lines of frosting and a cute little heart on top.
The quilt has a light polyester batting which keeps it soft, supple, and not too heavy.
As a finishing touch, I made Callista a ruffly diaper cover to match her quilt...
Callie loves her new quilt from Grandma!