Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Baby Quilt

My best friend is due with her 2nd baby girl in November. I set aside the quilts I was making for my girls to work on a baby quilt for her. I chose the Sweetheart charm pack from Fat Quarter Shop for the quilt squares. I used one pack of squares, made the disappearing 9-patch square with the fabric, and instead of putting the 9-patch squares together, I kept them seperate. Then I added a pink border around each square with a mitered corner. I bought some polka dot fabric as my sashing between the squares. I love how this little baby quilt top turned out!

Here are some of the squares with the pink mitered corners. Not my favorite to make, but the end result looks so nicely finished!

The polka dot sashing between the squares.

And the final quilt top complete. The finished top measures 44"x44" with just one charm pack, some left over pink fabric, and a yard of polka dot fabric cut into strips.

Im still unsure what color to use for the binding, but I did order 1 1/2 yards of the pink flower fabric for the backing.

I finally got my darning foot in the mail from Sears. I practiced free motion top quilting with it. The top quilting was fine, but on the back of my quilt the stitches looked pulled to the side in some areas where I did a curve. Frustrating but I know it takes practice and I cant be perfect on the first try. I want to finish up this adorable baby quilt for my friend and get it mailed off to her, but I wont send a sloppy top quilted stitch just because Im anxious to get it mailed out.

In the meantime, I've been looking at a few other things to sew. I made this little handy scrap or thread caddy to hang next to me for my scraps and thread pieces.

Next up is a little purse with a zipper for my 8 year old. She's been wanting a little purse for a while now, so I thought I would sew one for her. She picked out her fabric (a green flower fabric for the outside, and a purple flower fabric for the inside), so this should be interesting lol.

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