Baby Quilt

on Feb 27, 2007 in Quilting | 37 comments

My quilt guild sponsors a program called Kitsap Cuddles. Members donate baby quilts that are given to at risk babies and toddlers at our local hospital. Last year 172 quilts were created. This cute little blankie (38″ x 38″, 12″ blocks, 1″ sashing) goes into the program tonight.

I fell in love with all these fabrics. They just screamed baby quilt when I saw them. And I’ve seen them all over. Amy made a purse with the red houses (Alexander Henry print). Chris made a gorgeous baby quilt with the ribbon fabric (American Jane by Moda). Joanna made this spectacular Zakka inspired quilt. I know I’ve seen both at Hillary’s pad too (translation: I can’t locate the exact posts where I saw them).

New for me on this quilt’s construction:

I did my usual double-fold french binding but I sewed it on by machine rather than by hand. I figured out how to do a decent corner by the last one. Folding and pinning in place before the presser foot gets anywhere near it and having the fold go the opposite direction than it would if I was hand sewing made a big difference.

I quilted the 12″ blocks using free motion around a freezer paper template. I removed basting pins and ironed on the template block by block. The pattern I created was just perfect for this technique. I easily went wider than the freezer paper and the final result still looked great even though it wasn’t precisely the same on each block.

I sewed my label on by machine prior to quilting. Saved me some work on the back end.

I get goosebumps thinking about a little baby wrapped up in all this love!

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