Won't you be my neighbor?

Monday, September 24, 2018

When we moved into our new house a couple months ago, I was surprised to see that the neighbors on both sides of us were also expecting! All three of us have had our babies now - and all three are boys!

A police themed baby quilt

If you remember, I made this quilt for one neighbor. The second neighbor had her baby a few weeks ago, and I was able to gift a quilt to her over the weekend.



The dad is a police officer, so I immediately knew I had the perfect fabric in my stash!

Police and law enforcement fabric

I did a bit of fussy cutting on the large scale prints to cut out the police and sheriff cars. I was able to cut each one to 4" x 6". I cut the same size rectangles from the other prints, plus red and blue solids too.

I used my bolt of white fabric to cut sashing to go between each rectangle.

Once the top was done, I pin basted it with a red and white stripe fabric for the back and Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting.

A police themed baby quilt

Using 50wt Aurifil #2735 Medium Blue and my walking foot, I quilted straight vertical lines just more than 1/2" apart.

A police themed baby quilt

Once quilted, I machine stitched the solid blue binding on.

A police themed baby quilt

I threw it in the wash with a couple color catchers then added a label to the back.

A police themed baby quilt

My five year old held the quilt for a few photos before we gifted it. (My husband has taught him well!)

A police themed baby quilt

This is my 45th quilt finish for the year!

A police themed baby quilt
A police themed baby quilt

The finished quilt measures about 32" x 30" - a great size to use as a play mat for tummy time. 

A police themed baby quilt

Three neighbors, three new babies, all boys, all born within four weeks of each other! Instant friends!

A police themed baby quilt


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11 comments:

  1. What a wonderful gift for a future forever friend!

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  2. What a great start for the Three Musketeers!!! I hope they all get to grow up together for years! Love the quilts.

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  3. This is so wonderful for all 3 families! Great way to welcome and cement the bond, Laura! Love your 5 year old quilt holder--just the right height!

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  4. I love how you fussy cut the cars! So cute!

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  5. What a cute quilt, Laura, and a lovely thing to do for a new neighbor and baby. Your 5-year-old is a natural at quilt holding too. How do you attach your label?

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  6. How awesome to move to a new neighborhood and have these new families right there where the boys will grow up together. It seems meant to be! The quilt is fantastic, and I bet they will love using it.

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  7. You are just amazing! That quilt is adorable and I can't believe you can find time in your busy mom life to do such wonderful stuff! How lucky that you have moved to a neighborhood with instant friends, for you and your children!

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  8. What a wonderful way to start living in a new neighborhood. New neighbors, new friends, new babies. Congratulations on another great finish that will be used and loved for a long time.

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  9. So lucky to have built-in friends in your neighborhood! That's a great quilt, and I love that your son has taken over role of quilt holder.

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  10. I can only imagine those three boys will have as they grow up together! Your police baby quilt is adorable.

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