Happy Friday all. As I write this post about baby quilts, I’ve heard twice now a conversation one of the neighbors is having.
Guy: WHY DO YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME HURT YOU?!
Girl: You’re hurting me!
Different Guy: Let go of her, Frank, you’re hurting her.
(mumbling, cursing, yelling)
Guy: Why should I let go of her?!
Different Guy: *pause* Because I love her.
Then a round of applause and jazz music.
Apparently one of my neighbors is hosting a play in their apartment in the middle of the day? I was about to call the cops. Okay I just went and looked- There is some sort of garden party at the school park, and I’m sad I wasn’t invited.
Striped Baby Quilt
I have had this quilt in mind for a month or so, as my cousin had another baby and I wanted to make something special. Altogether this baby quilt takes about a full day for an intermediate sewer. Like any worthy project invested in, I don’t want to see it go, but it is going off to get loved.
Cotton batting (I used Warm & Natural 34×45 inches for a baby quilt)
Enough cotton quilt-weight fabric to make a 34×45″ quilt, prewashed
Cotton backing fabric 34×45″, prewashed
2.5″ wide binding 165″ long (I used satin bias binding)
I tore up strips that were all 35 inches wide (1 inch wider than the batting for margin of error) and all various lengths until it measured a 46″ long quilt. I arranged the strips the way I wanted, then sewed at 1/4″. Make sure to start on the same side of the quilt top each time you sew a strip on.
Iron seams to one side.
Arrange the quilt back, cotton batting, and quilt top together, and safety pin it all together, starting in the middle. I put pins about 6″ apart.
I wanted to hand quilt with a running stitch the felled flat seam, but ain’t nobody got time for that (most of the time), so I machine quilted it together, sewing through the 1/4″ seam allowance of each quilt top strip. Make sure the edges of the backing is in place before you start sewing each section. I had one small part that had moved a little bit and caused me some trouble.
Trim the edges of the quilt.
Apply the binding. I couldn’t remember how to do it so I just watched a Fons video on Youtube. I actually did 2″ strips but 2.5″ would have been a lot easier to work with.
To finish it off, add a personalized cross-stitched label to the quilt, and voila! A beautiful handmade quilt for your loved ones made in just a day.