I finished another baby quilt. This seems to be my forte. Thinking about it, a baby quilt is what got me started in quilting. And I’ve made more baby quilts than any other quilted project over the last 30+ years as a quilter. This particular quilt is for my nephew and wife, who are expecting their first child.
As quilts go, I like the scrappy ones a lot. This one is made from several 9-patch blocks I’ve made while working on other quilt projects. I will take scraps from projects, such as jelly roll strips or other small pieces, and cut them into 2-1/2 inch squares. Then, I use lights and darks to make a 9-patch block. These are usually sewn together as beginners and enders while sewing other projects.
I also received several 9-patch blocks as a gift from guild members when I completed two terms as the guild president. From this collection of nine patches, I selected several with children’s prints and flower designs. I chose a yellow dot fabric to make alternating blocks in the center of the quilt. Nine patches surround the center like a border. You may notice that the blocks alternate with five dark patches in the outside corners and center patch with blocks that have four dark patches in the opposite locations.
I completed all the machine quilting on my Bernina. The yellow dot blocks were quilted first with a meander. The nine patches are quilted in the dark patches by stitching a curve from corner to corner. By alternating the blocks, I was able to complete the quilting in a continuous motion from block to block. The design also created a circle around the light patches.
More quilting. I really enjoyed making this quilt. And, I found out yesterday that I have a niece that is expecting her first child. So, I’ll have to add another baby quilt to my projects for the year.
I wasn’t away so long this time and have been steadily progressing on other projects that I hope to write about. Next up, a wedding quilt for another niece. I’m also following The Splendid Sampler. Have you joined? Some pics of those blocks may show up here, as well.
Until next time…happy stitching!