May 27, 2013

Modern Baby Girl Quilt

One of my coworkers will soon be having another grandchild.  It's exciting for her, even at this busy time in our season; for me it's a great opportunity to make another baby quilt!

Baby quilts are a perfect time to try to new design because of their size.  They go together quickly and still show off the fabric and pattern wonderfully. 

I had seen this neat layout for a nine patch online and wanted to try one for myself.  I chose 8 pink fabrics from my stash and cut 16 3.5" squares from each of them.  I then selected a tone on tone white since I didn't have enough solid white on hand, and cut 16 3.5" squares, as well as 10 2.5" strips for the sashing. 

The blocks went together easy enough. I did all of my cutting as well as piecing the 16 blocks before work on Sunday. 

After we finished driving today, I took advantage of the rainy day and stayed inside to finish my quilt!  I layed out my blocks in a 4 by 4 configuration with the 2 inch sashing strips in between. 

I am really happy with how the design turned out.  I think she'll love it!

I pieced a flannel backing for my quilt.  I think the pieced look for the backing sets off the quilt top nicely. 

I quilted the quilt using a meander design.  In retrospect I kind of wish that I had chosen a more modern quilting design.  Some wonky blocks or straight lines may have done the quilt a bit more justice. 
The quilt was then bound with 5 2.5" strips from my stash using my machine sewing binding technique.

The meander brought the quilt back to the traditional a bit, but overall I think I'm still satisfied with how it turned out. 

It's a fun and simple design for a baby quilt that will hopefully be loved and used a lot!

Maybe next time when using this design I'll get even more scrappy with the blocks.  I think that would be a lot of fun too.  Like I said, baby quilts are the perfect way to try new designs and now I have ideas on how to make it even better next time! 

Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has had a safe and enjoyable Memorial day!