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A few weeks ago Tobit asked me if I had any baby quilts in stock that he could gift to a colleague who was soon to go on maternity leave. Unfortunately for me the gender of the baby is unknown so the floral vintage sheet baby quilts that I have therefore may not be suitable.
So last week I asked Tobit if he would like me to make a quilt, funnily enough he didn’t say no!
I fancied making a plus quilt and pulled out my Summersville stash and then realised I might have to apply a fair amount of brain power to make it happen. I had a quick search on pinterest for baby quilt with fat quarters and discovered a herringbone quilt tutorial (link no longer valid – sorry) using just 6 fat quarters.
I had a rummage through my stash and found this bundle:
It’s Savanna Bop by Thomas Knauer which I won for I project I submitted to Your Andover Projects. I used the white ages ago but knew this bundle would be fine for a unisex baby quilt.
A quick whizz with the iron, a fair bit of cutting, a pile of stitching and by the end of the evening I had 3 columns pieced. More stitching time sneaked in the next day and before long I had a quilt top.
Unusually for me I picked out the backing and binding fabric at the same time as the quilt top. I wanted to make sure that I could get it finished using stash and not having to wait around for fabric to arrive.
I used the remaining fat quarter in the back and matched the stripes on the other piece:
After the problems I had with the Christmas Swoon this was an absolute delight to quilt.
For quilting I used Aurifil 2810 28wt in the top and a white in the bobbin; I’ve not quilted using anything heavier than 40wt before but this was a perfect colour match so it had to be done.
I quilted either side of the seams of each strip going across the quilt and then added in more lines randomly:
The binding fabric is a chevron print which gives a stripe effect framing the quilt:
So it’s off to it’s new home today and I’m hoping it will keep the baby boy/girl snug and warm through the winter months.
Pattern – Herringbone
Fabrics – Fat quarters from Savanna Bop by Thomas Knauer
Backing – Savanna Bop FQ and Blue Sugar Stripe from Sugar and Spice by Quilted Fish for Riley Blake
Binding – Green Tone on Tone Medium Chevrons by Riley Blake
Wadding – Super-Soft 70/30 Eco-Blend by Sew Simple
Quilting – in a chevron pattern using Aurifil on my Janome Horizon
Size – 35″ x 37″
Thanks to Tobit for the photographs.