Two quilts in two weeks? There’s no stopping me!
This is the first of many quilts I’ll be making for our baby who is due next month. I’m loving being able to work on small quilts AND keep them. Before I found out I was pregnant I’d run out of excuses to make a quilt in anything but a superking size for us, but they’ll hopefully be lots of excuses to make mini quilts over the next few years.
This quilt is exactly a yard square and is intended to be used as a play mat with a baby gym. The fabric I used is from Moda’s It’s A Hoot range. I’m slowly learning that there tends to be a bit of a lag between me buying fabric and actually using it for a project, by which stage the yardage has often sold out, so this time I bought charm squares and yardage.
To cut the circles I folded the charm squares in half and used the Simplicity EZ Quilting stencil to cut them. Then I cut slightly larger squares of white to applique them on to.
I pressed both the circles and the squares to form a cross and matched the centre of the circle to the centre of the background, pinned and then sewed using a blanket stitch.
Update 26/7/18 – This quilt is now 7 years old and has been washed many times. The stitching is still holding and I have had no problems with fraying!
I had a new tool to play with when I did the binding for this quilt. Previously I have always used this method to finish attaching the binding. It produces great results, but is fiddlely to do. Then when I was searching youtube for quilting tutorial videos for my sister, I found this video which recommends using Susan Brown’s binding tool to achieve exactly the same finish.
After finally tracking a UK store down that sold them and waiting for the stock to arrive, I can confidently say I won’t be going back to the old method!
I also bought myself a copy of Block Party- The Modern Quilting Bee. I have been wanting to get involved with or organise a quilting bee for ages and there are some great ideas and patterns in the book. I’m just trying to decide whether it would be insanity to start a bee with a new baby on the way, or whether it would actually be a rather nice manageable size quilting project – what do you think and would anyone be interested in joining the fun?