Saturday, 24 October 2015

First Baby Quilt Project

Two very good friends of mine are due a little baby in November and back in September I hatched a plan to sew them a quilt. Rather than a cutesy pastel-type baby quilt, I decided to base the palette upon their favourite colours of green and purple.

As it was my first quilting project I chose to use pre-cut Moda solid colour charm packs which I purchased from Ray Stitch in Islington alongside a metre and a half of lovely 100% organic and Fairtrade cotton for extra patches and the backing fabric. I also got just over a metre of organic cotton quilting batting too (£7.50).

I selected two sizes the Moda Solid Colour charm pack 5" and the 2.5" (£10 and £3.50). I used two and a half packs of the 5" and three packs of the 2.5" patches for my final design.

Selecting the colour palette. The charm-pack comes with the full rainbow spectrum so I omitted the reds, oranges and whites
Here are the many variants of design process I went through and I will show you the final result at the end.
First variation with a colour blend from Purple to green. I didn't think it had balance
This next version appears to be a random selection with greens, purples and all shades in-between placed with dark, mid and lighter shades distributed more evenly
Without the little patches I felt it looked a bit too plain!
Patchwork stacks. After establishing my chosen order I stacked them ready to sew together. I labelled them so I wouldn't forget the placement of the patches. You may notice the little patches have a log-cabin-esque border. I forgot about the seam allowances so when the four patches were sewn together they were too small to tesselate with the 5" patches. I had to buy a third 5" charm pack so I could create the borders for these little patches. I actually think made the quilt look better! 
Final order safety pinned ready for quilting.
Quilted with vertical lines running alongside the patches and a line in the centre (that runs through the middle of the little patches too). Green bias-binding has been pinned ready for sewing - think I am going to hand stitch it in place?
Close up of the patches and my slightly wonky quilting!
The final quilt. I am hand-sewing the binding. It may take some time!







What have you been sewing recently?
Have you started any Christmas gifts?
Or some super selfish sewing?

10 comments:

  1. Well done you have worked hard on this. I hope the baby loves rolling around and playing with the quilt. Love the colour combinations. What do the safety pins do?

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    1. Thanks Louise.
      The safety pins just hold the patchwork, quilting batting and the back fabric together whilst you quilt it on the sewing machine. You could hand-baste instead of using safety pins but I took the quicker (cheats) option!

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  2. Looks great Caroline! I'm sure your friends will love it! I recently read a book where the heroine was an expert quilter, set in the 1850s so all the sewing was done by hand, hard to imagine how long that would take!

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    1. Wow. I can't imagine how long it would have taken me if I hand quilted! Sounds like a good read x

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  3. Well done, so good when finished and you can admire what you have done.

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  4. Wow! It's beautiful! I love the colour combinations, and you're right about the little squares adding more interest. Your stitching on the edge is so beautifully neat too! x

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    1. Thank you Clare. I had a lot of fun making it and very sore fingers after hand-stitching all the edging!

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  5. It's just beautiful, I love the design you settled on, the little blocks look great. Did you bind that all by hand? It's so neat and even #neatstitchingenvy! Thanks so much for sharing at #HandmadeMonday

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    1. Thank you so much Julie. I really enjoy hand-stitching - it is such a portable hobby!!

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