Monday, February 15, 2016

Focus on Baby Quilts

Progress on my goal of making a baby quilt each month in 2016. When the two boxes of quilt fabric with baby themes were unboxed and sorted out, I just started sewing and couldn't quit.  Number one was shown in last post (Here)

Two:  This one was a kit, so a no-brainer, that went together so easily, and is now a quilt top.  Both of the border fabrics were missing, as I had used them on something else, but substitutes were easily found, and used.  No backing fabric yet - I may buy a flannel fabric, find something in the plaids boxes.  Aren't the fussy cut squares of little children cute?

Details:  Squares are cut 5" to finish at 4.5"x4.5".  Unfinished top now measures 32" by 41".  Inner striped border is 1 inch finished width.

Three:  A baby blue star in a striped background.  The nursery rhyme fabric scraps were given to me by my friend Dee, and the white background with blue ducklings fabric is coarser woven - it may be a feed sack.  The best thing about this baby quilt is that I can use this lovely satin binding from my Mom's stash.  She had lots of rick-rack, binding packs, and trim packs that I now have, and it feels so great when I use one of them on a project.  My kids loved their satin bound blankets when they were babies.

Details:  Squares are 4.5 inches finished (cut 5 inches) and top measures 40.5 X 36.5 inches.  I may add another narrow border to be underneath the satin binding, and then the binding wouldn't cover part of the outer squares.

Four:  Lots of Blue squares were cut, and I pulled a plaid from the plaid stash box and added it to the mix.  The blue plaid was once a pair of pants of mine.  Plaid pants must have been in style back in the day, or at least I hope they were!

Details:  Squares finish at 5 inches, so top is now 30" x 35". 

I realized when this quilt was laid out that the design is super easy - just cut 14 squares of three different fabrics and sew them together.  Use 14 of any size square you want, and find 3 fabrics that you want to use together.  I put the squares on the floor by the sewing machine on a piece of flannel, and picked up and replaced squares as they were sewn, to keep the pattern straight.  The back of this one is a piece that I've had for a long time, and I love it.  It has cars, planes, boats, on it.  It feels so good to cut it and use it as a quilt back!  And there is more of it to use on another baby quilt.  Why haven't I used it before?

I am still going strong, Number Five is being cut out,  and Number Six is waiting impatiently to be cut out.  I am continuing with the baby quilt mojo until it runs out, so stay tuned.  What are you working on this week?

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Jean said...

I like how you share the sizes of blocks. You are giving me more ideas. Thank you..

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

You have a great start on your goal. I love the gingham and stripes in your quilts. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

It's really fun to see your baby quilt progress and there is nothing sweeter than a handmade baby quilt! Once you've used the satin binding I hope you will share any tips about that!

Louise said...

Love your little baby quilts! I am working on flannel baby blankets this week for our local pregnancy center.

Kurt Schindler said...

Love them all. Such cute prints.


claire witherspoon said...

I love those nostalgic prints! They do make great baby quilts. cheers!

Leah Rubin said...

All beautiful! Love seeing your work!

Anita said...

Beautiful baby quilts! Love the vintage motifs!

LuAnn said...

Hi Judy I tried to email you back after you left a comment on my blog, but you are a no-reply blogger. I love your baby quilts, and like I'm trying hard to use up my stash.

kwiltnkats said...

You are off to a terrific start destashing with baby quilts. Nothing like a vintage motif... Charm size squares work great for putting just enough of cute prints into a small quilt. Sandi