You may remember I have decided to put together a few super simple baby quilts. This is so that I can use some stash fabric, get some projects finished in between the big things, try some patterns I have never got around to putting together, and practise some free motion quilting. Then when I'm finished, I will have a pile of baby quilts to give away next time someone is preggo.
The good news for you is that if you are new to quilting and want to start, these will be perfect for you (or if you're not new but want a quick project!).
Here is the first quilt all finished. It measures approximately 42.5" x 48". Materials were one Heather Ross Briar Rose charm pack (42 squares of fabric 5" square), about a metre of plain white quilting cotton for the sashing, a 1/4m of fabric for binding and some pink fluffy candlewick for the backing. Because of the fluffy backing, I didn't use batting (saves money, saves time basting!).
|Look at those little quilted flowers (deliberately a naive design, you know).|
Princess and I went out to take photos for you this morning before the sun came out properly. She tried to be helpful and hold it up. Yeah - that didn't work.
Then we put it down to look at it. You can see that to make it, you lay out the charm squares in a pattern you like. This is the bit where you need to pay attention. Your quilt can look completely different depending on the layout you use. You could be totally scrappy and try and balance the colours across the quilt. Or you could put them in strips of colour. Or you could shade light to dark on the diagonal, like I did. Or anything else that takes your fancy. You're the creative genius, after all.
The charms were then sewn together in rows with strips of white sashing cut 2.5" wide (finished width 2").
|One Briar Rose charm pack baby quilt|
We got bored and went and looked at the flowers.
|I loooove the pink flowers Mummy.|
Moby the Siamese came over to see what was going on.
|Moby - one of a pair. His chocolate point brother is Toby. Hubby picked the names.|
Then we officially gave up and hung it on the washing line. In the top photo you can see the little flowers I quilted in the corners of the sashing, in between the straight-line quilting. Do you like the strawberry binding?
And here is the pink candlewick. After I basted the quilt front and the back together with pins, I did all the straight line quilting one way, starting from the centre. I quilted 1/4" in from the charm squares on the white sashing. I then did the same the other way. (If you are wondering how to stop puckering with straight line quilting, this helps - as well as good basting) This stabilised the backing fabric nicely before I quilted the little flowers. I drew the flowers on with a purple disappearing marker and then quilted over the top. This meant the flowers were a nice consistent size. However I noticed my stitch regulator foot for FMQ is skipping stitches. I think it needs a visit to the quilting foot doctor. Naughty.
|Quilt back. Did you figure that out yourself?|
|Look at those babies grow - and from seeds too. I'm a proud tomato mummy.|
And then went to pick some flowers. Photo session over.
|I need to keep this photo to look at during tantrum time. Little heartbreaker!|
Princess told me so.
|Mummy put the camera down. Sheesh.|
Are you all having a great weekend? The weather here is awesome, warm and springlike. I'm linking up to link parties at Crazy Mom, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and TGIFF. Howdy everyone!