Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Big Bold Baby Quilt

I was thrilled to get some sewing done last weekend and this baby quilt was one of the projects I checked off the holiday sewing list. I wanted something fairly simple but bright and fun and I wanted to use what I had at home. The craziness of the shopping situations in December generally make me hide like a hermit at home all month. Or as much as I can manage anyway! The other requirement I had for this quilt was for it to fit on ONE yard of backing fabric, convenient, right? I don't know about you but I have a ton of one yard cuts and it's nice to find a use for them. So the measurements are: 12" x 14" blocks, sewn together in a big nine-patch with a quarter inch seam allowance. I had some really soft, yummy flannel from Robert Kaufman (? pretty sure) that I used for the backing - ONE yard :-D and then I've had this binding in my stash FOR-ever. Mary Englebreit that I bought at Hancock's and so utterly perfect for this project. Binding is four 2 1/2" x WOF strips. I quilted it in diamonds and I love it but I think straight lines at irregular intervals (all one direction) would have been lovely too. Maybe I'll do that on the next one!
I mean, seriously, the binding makes it. I can see doing this again for baby shower gifts using nursery colors and some fabulous, fun binding to contrast with the solids. Gotta love a project that comes together just as you hope and in the time you have :-)

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