It is just too stinking much fun to make baby items and my favorite baby item to make is a cuddly quilt. I have crocheted sets and quilted sets. I love doing them both. This time, I was able to make a baby quilt for a lovely family at church who is expecting a baby girl any time now.
This is my first real experience with any of the “disappearing” block ideas, but it really is an interesting technique to learn. I can see this block being very versatile in various sizes and in a wide range of fabric goodies, from depression reproductions, to civil war, to red, white, and blues, to a good ol’ scrappy one. It’s geometric without being plain and stodgy. These fabrics just made me smile at their bright colors as I worked.
I used white muslin and a charm pack of 5 inch squares that I picked up. The backing and binding are made from a purple muslin that feels just a tad heavier than the white muslin. All in all, it came together pretty well.
This is the first time I have tried to use “organic” quilting, which is basically machine quilting unstructured wavy lines across the quilt top. I didn’t mark anything and just kind of followed the lines of the piecing, working my way around pins as I went. I like how it turned out, even if I did have to frog out (rip-it! rip-it!) 3 rows and try again. On the whole, it was rather easy once I got the hang of being fluid with it. My youngest son thinks that the quilting looks like waves across the quilt top and that makes me like the idea of doing it on a predominately blue quilt some time.
I really think that this pattern and quilting style will be useful on many future projects.
What have YOU been working on lately?
Till next time,