an ink and spindle allsorts quilt

Hey look, another quilt I finished and never blogged about! I’m finding that kind of handy now, since there’s no sewing going on these days… Max doesn’t seem to like to sleep anywhere except in your arms. And as nice as that is, it does make it hard to get much of anything done. When he gets a little older we’ll have to teach him that his crib is actually a good place to sleep! (or I’ll have to figure out a way to cut fabric and sew one handed!)

Edited to add: Thanks for all the sling suggestions – we do have a Moby wrap, and you can see from this photo that he’s a fan!

Anyway, you may remember that lovely stack of Ink & Spindle fabrics I picked up at Nido a while back. In addition to the fat quarters I bought, I also grabbed one of the Ink & Spindle quilt kits to make up one of their organic Allsorts Quilts. They offer this quilt kit in two colorways – this gorgeous red and pink version, as well as a beautiful blue and green version. The kit contains 8 fat quarters as well as the hemp sashing. Of course, I’m not typically a fan of patterns or kits, but this one was fun to make since it was really more of a method than a specific pattern. I enjoyed cutting up the various fabrics into several widths and rearranging them into the three horizontal strips.

This quilt is now hanging at Nido, and while the quilt kits have sold out, you could certainly make up a similar quilt using several of your favorite Ink & Spindle fat quarters and adding in your own solid for sashing.

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42 Responses to an ink and spindle allsorts quilt

  1. 1
    Kristin says:

    Beautiful Quilt! Enjoy all this precious time with baby Max — he won’t stay this little forever and your fabrics will still be there when he doesn’t want to be held. He is making sure you are getting plenty of time to rest as well! He is so adorable!!!

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    Paula Wedig says:

    Really nice quick quilt! I’ve lots of FQs that need a home. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Try a hands free baby sling for Max. Hang him in the front and you can even sew while nursing! I had 6 boys and each loved cuddling all the time, but I had others to watch over…

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    Sar says:

    What a gorgeous piece! I love the fabrics and the colours.

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    Kelli says:

    Beautiful quilt! My first one only slept in our arms too. She could be snoring and if you even bent over to lay her down in the crib, she’d immediately wake up and start fussing. We didn’t get much done for a long time. But, I promise, one day Max will be so big you’ll wonder if he ever fit in your arms at all. Emma is 6 now, and so long and lanky, I only wish she still loved to sleep in my arms!

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    jessica says:

    I stopped into Nido this weekend and saw this quilt, and wondered why you hadn’t blogged about it! This is such a nice one.

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    Heather says:

    My son was exactly like that. He never napped in his crib until he was 6 months old. The sling was my best friend and my husband loved the baby bjorn. Nothing would ever have been done otherwise!

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    Emily says:

    Seconding the thoughts on enjoying your baby while they want to snuggle–you really will miss it. Also, though, a sling or wrap (my favorite is the moby style) is invaluable. I’ve sewn with both my babies while they were in the wrap. Plus of course cooking, working, whatever. They sleep better and I get my snuggles in! And the quilt looks lovely too. :)

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    Linda S says:

    My son was the same way–totally allergic to his crib (except at night). We finally figured out that he would nap in a stroller or playpen outside–under a tree in summer and under a patio overhang, all bundled up, in winter (this is No. Cal.). He’s 8 now & never would nap in a crib . . . Enjoy your little sweetie–you’ll have time for sewing eventually.

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    Those fabrics really are so pretty!

    I’ll join the throng giving you advice… I wanted to have baby that slept, but didn’t want to “cry it out”. Elizabeth Pantley’s “No-Cry Sleep Solution” really helped me out! The book has lots of ideas to try and snippets from real parents.

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    Christina says:

    Love that quilt! I remember those days (10 months ago), all I can say is that enjoy those snuggles the fabric will still be there.

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    Rachel says:

    What a beauty!! I very quickly learned to do many many things one handed when I had my son. :) We still love seeing your past projects though, especially when they are as beautiful as this!!

    Cheers!
    Rachel
    http://www.dewberrylane.com

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    sheila pin says:

    just another voice adding to the “sling” chorus. Loved having my baby against me while having my hands free. I think experiencing the movement of getting on with daily activities helped my babies sleep. Beautiful quilt as always.

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    Kate says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, but I’ve never commented.

    Congratulations on your little one! I would always get frustrated about what I couldn’t accomplish while my daughter wanted to be held. But I really regret not just taking the time to hold her and relax while I had that time with her. Now she wants to run and play and doesn’t have a whole lot of time for cuddling. So I can accomplish all sorts of things.

    All that to say, enjoy this time with your son sleeping in your arms. Make a cup of tea, grab a book and enjoy! :)

    Oh yeah, and I love your quilt!

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    Laurel H. says:

    All of you will fare better if you help him figure out his crib is a great place to sleep! He’ll probably holler his protests a couple of times, but he’ll very quickly get used to it. :) Nice quilt, too!

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    Annalia says:

    It gets easier to hold babies and sew at the same time as they get a little older! :) Also, mine was happy to sleep in a frontpack or a swing while I got some stuff done around the house…..but she never did like that crib.

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    krystina says:

    I have to second what some other posters said about a wrap. Try a Moby wrap. It is easy to use with infants and you’ll actually get some sewing done. Now once they become mobile, I can’t help you, but the Moby will help you stay sane for now!

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    Stephanie says:

    Definitely a Moby wrap for now. And once you get more comfortable wearing him, a mei tai and someone to show you how to position him on your back safely and you’ll be all set!

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    This second kid I’ve produced is a total velcro baby. Since I’m about as keen on hearing him cry as he is on going in his cot, we’ve learned to love the sling (I have a moby and a didymos and love them) and my boyfriend quite often wears him to give me a break. We are only a week or so ahead of you but over the past few days i’ve noticed that J is happy to spend a few mins here and there in his cot or playmat (when awake), and has even taken one whole (15 minute) nap in his cot. It changes so fast!

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    Audrey says:

    Hi, I am sorry to post this on this on this entry, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to post it on the entry I have a question on!! I just found your blog, and am absloutly in LOVE! I just started quilting, and had chosen a few patterns that are similar to the ones you started with, which I thought was really neat. I am writing to ask if you remember the designer/line of fabric you used in an old post. If you do, please let me know!!? It matches perfectly with my daughter’s room and I would love to find some of it to do her quilt from.

    The post is: http://www.filminthefridge.com/2009/06/24/quartered-squares-a-modified-bento-box-block-tutorial/

    and the fabric I’m wanting is the outside square bars in the 2nd picture down. The red/orange/purple flowers on white. Please let me know if you remember what it is?

    Thank you so much and AWESOME blog!!

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    Laura says:

    Here’s how we dealt with sleeping baby non-productivity:
    1. The Happiest Baby on the Block – great book, great video. Really usable sleep solutions and very pro-baby. There’s also a Happiest Toddler, which has saved our lives.

    2. A sling (we used the Kangaroo Korner) or the Baby Bjorn. We used both and loved them for different things.

    3. A swing, if you’re brave. They can be hard to give up. Or a bouncy seat.

    4. Also, after a little time, our little one got used to her crib. It looked so gigantic with her tininess at first (we even had her sleep in a laundry basket for a while), but now it’s the only place she will sleep (she’s 21 months).

    Alright, that’s enough unsolicited advice. And, also, I adore your quilts. Always so lovely.

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    Laura says:

    my daughter is 19 months and I so miss the days when she would sleep while I held her. At the time it was so inconvenient because I couldn’t get anything done but it was so sweet.

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    Beth says:

    I don’t think I put my first born down until he was 4-months old! I see alot of multitasking in your future ;) Enjoy it, they grow up fast! Oh, nice quilt!

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    Sarah says:

    Sling, sling, sling! Gotta have a sling. Then you can snuggle AND not go crazy because there is so much you want to do too.
    He’s just two weeks. Of course he wants to snuggle, not sleep in a crib. And while you are in the middle of it, two weeks feel like forever. Make your husband hold him while you whip up a gorgeous little sling, you know?

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    Those are gorgeous colours!

    You will get to the point where he sleeps on his own. This are still survival days. Around 6 weeks you can start putting him down awake and he’ll sleep on his own. If you’ve got a good napper you’ll find yourself with a ridiculous amount of time to sew (if you’re taking mat leave).

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    Janelle says:

    I’m new to sewing and quilting. I must say that your quilt has inspired me! I’m nervous to start my first quilt, but excited as well. Thanks!

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    Kristie says:

    What gorgeous fabrics! I love them put together so simply, it really highlights them well. Sometimes less is more!

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    Ashley, I know you are getting advice left and right about sleeping babies but here’s my two cents. Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child. That book saved our lives. I believe in it and both of my children are great sleepers. The most helpful thing it recommends is putting your child to nap 2 hours after he wakes up. Some babies need to go back down for a nap after being up for 1 hour. It sounds crazy but more sleep gets more sleep gets more sleep. I highly recommend that book! :)

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    Wendi says:

    Wait. I missed it. Where was the photo of Max in the Moby?

    I am still so thankful that you even think of us out here.

    I check back frequently for updates. Lovely ink spots too.

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    Susan McAdams says:

    Enjoy the time with your little guy. Time just flies and before you know it he will be walking. I like that quilt. The price of the fat quarters kind of keeps me from accumulating any.

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    Chris says:

    That is one gorgeous quilt! Love the prints and colors!

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    Emily says:

    Long time blog reader, first time commenter. :) I love, love, love this quilt. I’m new to sewing and have a stack of fabric that I was waiting for the perfect inspiration to get me started. This is it. Would you mind sharing the finished dimensions and the length/width of the stacks? Being so new I’m still having a hard time seeing something and then figuring out appropriate measurements.

    THANK YOU! Oh, and my oh my Max is beautiful. Congrats!

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    Erica says:

    Gorgeous quilt, -very different from anything I’ve seen lately. Love those fabrics, esp. the houses & the gingko-type leaves. I’ve never heard of ink & spindle so will have to investigate further & hope I can get them in the UK. x

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    Ruth says:

    Whoa – I love that ink and spindle quilt.

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    Catherine says:

    oh Ashley, LOVE the Ink & Spindle quilt – their fabrics are so super-gorgeous – and yay for the Australian fabric designers! Your baby Max is beautiful, congratulations, go you. You’ll have so much advice thrown at you – but honestly, soak that gorgeous boy up, time goes so quickly! My first baby turns 10 this year and I cannot believe all that time has gone by. Like you’re experiencing, I held her all day, every day – she cried and cried every time I put her in her cot. My arms and back were so sore! But then it just got better … and she started sleeping through 10 hours at night … and eventually started napping in her cot for tiny snatches of time … and now she’s nearly 10!! Your sewing-time will come back, it really will. thanks so much for putting the time into your blog for all your readers! cheers, Catherine (the very lucky owner of your fabulous Munki Munki starburst quilt!!)

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    I love love those Ink & Spindle fabrics and the quilt looks fantastic.

    OH!! Max is TO DIE FOR adorable. As soon as I saw pictures of him, I literally brought my laptop around to everyone that was in the room and I showed them how absolutely adorable he is. Congrats!

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    sara O'halloran says:

    Fan blimin tastic…love the stiching detail am a wee bit thru mine and I so love the Ink and spindle fabrics…and doing them justice LOVE YOUR WORK! XXX

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    Love this quilt, and your most recent one, too. Just beautiful.

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    Susan K from Canada says:

    I just bought this kit from Ink & Spindle in Australia – the grey and red kit – wonderful patterns and great design. I am in the process of planning the layout of the colours and patterns. It was great to see your quilt for inspiration. Thanks

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