Summer quilt projects and grandkids

It’s not officially summer yet, but it sure feels like it outside. I think it might be time to find a summer quilt project to start. Actually, I know what my next project is going to be – a baby quilt! Yes, my daughter is expecting child number four this August. They are keeping the gender a surprise, so I’m debating on waiting until the baby is born to make the quilt or diving in with a gender neutral theme. Either way, we’re all very excited!

Speaking of grandchildren, we finally got to take our trip to Austin to visit them all. They are moving to a bigger house this weekend, so we were able to help them get things ready. Plus we attended Clara’s dance recital which was three minutes of total preciousness.

I haven’t decided if I want to make up my own pattern for a baby quilt, or look through my quilt books and scour the internet for a pattern. I guess I should start by looking for something that is already done and if I don’t find anything I like, I can create something myself.

The last baby quilt I made was for our grandson, Ben. I love the color and simplicity of this quilt – I used the Glacier Modern Quilt Pattern by Jennifer Meakins. Star patterns are so versatile especially when you adjust the color palette to suit your needs.

Besides a baby quilt, I’ll be trying to keep up with all of the BOM projects that I’m participating in. I just finished month 5 of last year’s Strawberry Garden Mystery BOM by Fig Tree Quilts. It feels good to work on something “summery”.

How about you? Do you have any good summer projects in the works? If you need something that screams summer, you can check out my Summer Fun Wall Hanging from 2018. This was a free quilt along and all of the instructions are part of a series of weekly tutorials. This one will be hanging up in my sewing room soon.

Thanks for stopping by and happy quilting!

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13 Comments

  1. Congratulations! Your grandkids are the sweetest. Glad you got to visit with them and their parents of course. Thank you Julie for all your content, free patterns and tips and tricks for my sewing. I love my flag heart block and it hangs proudly on my front door.

  2. Julie, I just ordered a tee shirt and am happy to contribute to such a worthy cause. I loved Where the Crawdads Sing!!!
    Happy Summer!!!!!!!

  3. That is wonderful news – visiting your daughter and her family and a new grandchild on the way. I am sure you will make the perfect quilt for this little one. I haven’t been sewing for 2 months….a broken ankle and my sewing things are on the second floor…and the stairway is complicated. Am hoping to finally get up there this week. BOMs are fun, but I hate it when I get behind. I often have a “rule” about finishing things like that, which works pretty well. Good luck finding the one quilt you want to make…it can be so hard sometimes narrowing it all down.

  4. Julie,
    Congratulations on another precious grandchild! How exciting! It is always fun to make a baby quilt. I’m not sure if I would make a gender-neutral quilt or wait to find out. I love your Strawberry Garden quilt blocks. I’m working on Fig Tree’s Fall Frolic BOM and today I am going to pull fabrics for your Spring is for the Birds quilt. Have a great day.

  5. Congratulations on the new grandbaby!!! I do love Ben’s quilt. It is simple and the quilting is really defined by the pattern. I love that kind of pattern, don’t need to think about the quilting.

  6. Congratulations on the upcoming birth of a new grandchild; they are such fun :). I participated in that Summer Fun sew a long – I’m going to have to go find it ( I don’t think any of my kids took it home with them) and hang it up here in my sewing room.

  7. OH MY GOODNESS..A New Lil One Coming..
    My oldest 35 his Name is Benjamin there was No Benjamin’s back then..He had a Son..His Name is Benjamin…☺️

    I just Downloaded that SUMMER WALL QUILT..
    Maybe I should Just Shove Everything aside an Do That QUILT…
    WE have Just Had Rain After Rain..No Summer Here Yet..

    I am working on the RED/WHITE CHALLENGE…
    Need to get that Done by October..

    I’ve been doing Lil Table Toppers for Friends..

    Best Wishes on the New Lil One Coming.

    Have A Wonderful Summer..

    Get those
    Projects Done…

  8. I’m finally finishing the Summer Fun wall hanging…..just a little quilting to do yet, well maybe a little more than just a little but I’m working at it.
    How nice there’s another grandchild coming. I hope it’s a little boy so Ben won’t have all those sisters to deal with

  9. Thanks for reminding me to hang up that summer quilt. It’s so fun to see in my sewing room! Thanks for the free pattern!

  10. Congratulations,… What a joy ! another baby on the way, Whatever you make, for sure it’s going to be beautiful, no mater the colour.

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