Wednesday, October 5, 2011

baby shower quilt

from this collage...

to this quilt.


This summer, our moms group threw a baby shower for my friend Elizabeth.  She organized the crafty projects at my shower (tie-dyed onesies and burp cloths, belly henna!) and she's really creative, so I knew she would appreciate a group-made quilt for the new baby.  I racked my brain trying to figure out the best way to have everyone contribute without leaving one person (me) with a bunch of fabric applique stitching.

Then a lightbulb went off-- Spoonflower, where you can have your own designs printed on fabric--the perfect solution.  So, I bought some scrapbooking paper in a bunch of patterns to give it the look of pieced fabric, like a quilt.  We hung the background paper on the wall, and everyone at the shower cut and taped their creations to our collage.  

When it was done, I used my camera and tripod to take a photo at the highest resolution available (the top photo).  When I uploaded it to Spoonflower, it wasn't quite high enough to print clearly in original size, so I scaled it down and designed the "baby mac" (for their last name) fabric to use in the wonky blocks border.  I love how it turned out, and I think Elizabeth and baby E do, too!


  1. Wow, that's such a brilliant idea for a quilt/shower activity! So awesome!!! I love it!

  2. Love this!! My sister's baby shower is coming up and I want to do this. I have a question regarding the border. Did you design the border on Spoonflower? Is there an option to do that? I want to make sure I am prepped and know how I am going to plan for this so any more information would be awesome.


  3. Joanna, the border is actually fabric that I bought and pieced together. The one orange "baby mac" fabric was printed by spoonflower, but I designed it in photoshop--I think spoonflower's software can create repeat patterns, though. For the main image, my biggest piece of advice is to set your camera's resolution to the highest image quality/size it'll go. I couldn't blow my photo up anymore without it getting blurry, so I had to add the border.

  4. Thank you Kayla! I appreciate it the information.

    Was it quite costly for the size of blanket you had printed? And I am guessing the size of the poster you made for the design does not matter if you have a high resolution picture?

    Thanks again!

  5. Sorry one more question. What type of fabric did you order for the blanket material?

    Thanks so much.

  6. Yep, size shouldn't matter--I just wanted the original to be similar in scale to the final product. I ordered Spoonflower's quilting weight cotton fabric.


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