Sunday, August 28, 2011

Block-in-block baby quilt

Some good friends of my sister and her husband are expecting a baby girl at the end of September and what could be more perfect for a new baby than a new baby quilt? Ahem, I know, I know - I may be a bit biased there but still, it makes a great gift! I used 9" blocks from the measurements in Judy Hopkin's 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks. I love this book because it shows you each block in color (solids not fabrics) AND it gives you measurements to make 6 different sizes of each block. Not all blocks have the same 6 finished measurements which actually gives you even more variety if you're planning a quilt.

I used the Mod Doily Fat Quarter Bundle from Fabricworm - it came with 12 different FQ's so I just used once each for an inner and outer block and it worked out perfectly. The finished size ended up being about 27x36 - a good size for a newborn or tummy time but not big enough for a crib quilt.

I quilted it on the diagonal so that the lines were just outside each of the inner blocks (not going through the middle). I liked out it framed them. The binding was some dark brown Kona from my stash and when I realized that I had cut it too small I decided to try Rachel's zigzag binding technique - kind of a variety of what Rita does - and it worked out great! I loved the texture it added and the fact that the binding was very securely attached. Hopefully they like it as much as I do :-)

Up this week: maybe another attempt to make my daughter some clothing that she'll wear, I have a couple bag patterns I'm itching to try out with my Purl fabric AND I need to get my For the Love of Solids Swap items done. Plenty of fun stuff to keep me busy!

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