Saturday, March 27, 2010

Quilt for a Sweet Thing

I've done it!  
I finished my first baby patchwork quilt ever!  

It went surprisingly fast.  And that may or may not have had to do with the fact that I made almost all of it by machine.  I admire when a quilt is actually quilted by hand, but I don't know if I could spend the time I would need to to do this properly.

The top was so fun to piece together.  I thought for sure I would be running to the fabric store to buy everything I needed, but I decided to dig through my scraps to see what I had first.  I had envisioned a bright red and yellow theme, but with what I had this is what evolved and I absolutely love it.  

(I also love that I didn't have to pay for any of it.)

The only pieces I bought were the back and the batting.  

Now green?  Green?  Really?  

Well this is how that happened.  I've never made a baby quilt before and didn't know what the dimensions should be.  So I laid out one of my daughter's blankets and arranged the pieces on top.  The blanket happened to be a light green, and the entire time I was laying out the pieces it showed through.  I fell in love with it and when I found this bunny print at the store I knew I was sold.

Isn't it adorable?

The technique I used also explains why the quilt is square.... I wasn't planning on it being that way, but being the beginner I am I didn't plan ahead and made too few rows.  
But really that's okay, because I didn't buy enough of the bunny print to allow for shrinkage either.

I also desperately need to work on binding corners.  If anyone has a simple way to describe how to do this it would be much appreciated!

Wow I have a lot to learn!


Marie said...

That looks great! I've actually never thought of machine quilting a blanket the way you did (along the blocks rather than random swirls) and I love that it could speed up the process so much. The fabrics you had look perfect together and I'm sure Eliza will love it! I'm no pro at binding, but I always try to do to do the corners by hand first (to hold everything in the right place) before going back to the machine.

andreamichelle said...

I do not know anything about quilting, and I know very little about sewing, and I really want to do it, so I admire you for doing it even if you don't know how to do it all perfectly. I think the blanket turned out beautifully. Good job!

Lewis said...

There is a site called jaybird quilts (if you google it then you can find the blog) On it is a great tutorial for bindings. That is what I do for mine. I think your quilt looks great! I love the colors and pattern.

Lydia Nelson said...

Ooooohoh Becky I so know an expert way of quilting bindings!! Tanya taught it to me and it is sooo super easy and I've used it several times on my baby quilts and the other quilts I binded for Tanya. it rocks. call me.

My name is Becka said...

You girls are so helpful! Thank you so much for the advice. I will definitely be taking it when I make my next quilt, which shouldn't be too far off.



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