This instructables was inspired because last spring my son got married and I expect a new grandchild in a few years. I wanted to make a few quilts to have a jump start and make sure all of my grandchildren have a quilt that I made. I also wanted to make it as much as I could by using the hand sewing method. I think it shows a lot more love and makes it unique. It can be machine stitched though.

Appliques are not difficult to make if you choose simple images. Close points Like the teeth were more difficult. My mother loved to applique quilts and she was very good at it. I have enough quilt blocks she made to make a couple of beautiful quilts. I cherish a quilt my grandmother made that is over 60 years old. You can see from the images that it was used often and kept family members warm on many cold nights. The pattern is Grandmother's garden, making it special because I never knew her.
I have a new kind of appreciation for hand sewn quilts, After my experience sewing this one. I over estimated how long it would take to make a small applique quilt with some embroidery work and hand sewing the appliques to the blocks. I have been working on this project for several weeks. Because my time ran out for the contest; I had to use the machine to sew the blocks together, but that is the only part of this quilt that was sewn by machine. 

Follow through to see how I made it. 


Step 1: Supplies

The finished quilt measures  62 1/2" X 44". The hem is 2 1/4" all the way around. Each block measures 8 1/2" X 11" and 
17 are Appliqued with embroidery details and 12 are plain. I had several horizontal images that I had to fit in; so I used all of them in one row at the top of the quilt. The blocks are sewn together using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Please read bottom note before cutting the applique pieces.

17 White cotton quilt blocks cut 8 1/2" X 11"
Cotton quilt scraps for appliques 
12 Cotton contrasting blocks cut 8 1/2" X 11"
1 Sheet for quilt backing cut  71" X 51"
Rick rack and ribbon optional
1 Batting cut 71" X 51"  I used 80/20 poly cotton
Matching sewing thread
Embroidery thread
Crochet thread for hand tying 
Sewing Needles one for details and one large eyed needle for hand tying

It was much easier to embroider the details of the applique cutting a full page 8 1/2" X 11" and draw the image on the fabric and then embroider it .  After the embroidery work was done I appliqued it to the white quilt blocks. I added circles as needed for the eyes or arms and feet. I learned this the hard way because some of the images were too small to fit in the embroidery hoop.

I have never used a cotton batting before but I like the idea of natural fabrics and the cotton weighs more than the POLY-FIL so 
I decided to give it a try.

That is so cute! Looks like a lot of work, but such great results seem worth it :) You should enter this into the <a href="http://www.instructables.com/contest/holidaygifts2012">Holiday Gifts Contest</a>!
Thanks for stopping by! I may enter the contest but I think I need to make a few picture changes, I am not sure, we will see. Have fun today OK? <br>sunshiine
Ahh so this was the quilt that is going to start the family fight i see why lol its cute as! i love it your back in the game Sunshiine
No problem
You got my votes
Thanks again! Stay sweet!
No problem and i'll try my best
Nick is going to love it, Mom! If not, I will gladly take care of those monsters for him... :)
This one is for our new grand baby ( in the future ) but Nick will get one soon!
Adorable! Just like my grandma used to make! These are treasures that last for years too. I still have &amp; USE all of mine from my Grandma. :)
How sweet! I am happy you love her quilts! My kids love it when they get one also. Have a great day! <br>Sunshiine
I wish I had this when I were little! (and now too!) <br>you've got my vote! <br>
Thanks! I hope your day shines! <br>sunshiine
This is beautiful, Sunshiine! I especially love the texture you added with the embroidery. <br> <br>The sweet portrait/photograph... the one with Mom and baby... that's you, isn't it!?!
Hello friend! I liked the different textures also. You tagged my daughter and I! Thanks for stopping by! <br>Sunshiine
You're so welcome... I love seeing your new ideas. <br> <br>I immediately noticed the &quot;Grandbaby&quot; theme ... and I was hoping to read an announcement. All good things are worth waiting for and at least you're prepared! ;-)
LOL, no they want to have a couple of years together before they have kids. So grandma must be patient which is not one of my virtues! Yep I am getting prepared so I am planning on another quilt. Monsters seem to be popular so that is why I made this and my son appreciates weird stuff. Life is grand! <br>Sunshiine
Awesome! It's a beautiful piece of work and made with so much love!
Aw, thanks! It was indeed made with GREAT love. Hopefully in a couple three years I will see my next beautiful grandchild. Thanks for stopping by and have a bdeautiful day! <br>Sunshiine
Amazing! :)
Thanks doodlecraft! It was great fun! I loved your hoods! I hope your day shiones! <br>Sunshiine
Great idea! I loved seeing the Tristan Quilt. Were you able to fix the hole in Grannie's quilt?
Hey you! No, I have not tackled that job yet. When I get the sewing room set up I have a lot of jobs like fixing grannies quilt to do. Maybe after the first of the year I can start on them. It is great to see your smiling face! <br>Sunshiine

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