Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (281)

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In my last post I shared some details of a baby quilt I’m making. It’s a new design with beginner quilters in mind. I concentrated hard on making the skill set and layout accessible to newbie patchwork quilters. In doing that I kinda lost sight of the overall size of the quilt. Once I’d added the borders the top measured 43″ x 52″ – not a great match for a standard baby quilt which should measure 36″ by 54″.

Hmmm! What to do? Of course I stalled, indecision reigned. After a couple of days I thought I could:

  • 1. Remove the outer border from the sides, making the quilt measure 34.5″ x 52″ – still not perfect and it might look a bit odd?;
  • 2. Make the quilt anyway – after all I had already cut out the backing fabric and the wadding;
  • 3. Count this as a test run and redraft the pattern to more closely fit the standard size of a baby quilt 🤔

I’ve gone for the second AND third options. I pin basted the quilt yesterday – borders and all – and began free motion quilting a broad meander with whimsical stars.

As for the revised design, I have drafted a pattern using slightly smaller blocks in a 7 by 11 layout rather than the original 7 by 9 layout. The finished quilt would measure 38″ x 54″ so not too far off the standard baby quilt size.

A 7 x 11 layout does make for quite a lot of cutting and piecing… Do you think this would be too much for a beginner to deal with? I’d value your opinion on this, thank you!

I’d like to finish quilting the odd sized baby quilt this weekend. I have some fabrics left over from making the quilt top, I haven’t yet determined if there’s enough of any one of them to make the binding. If not, I think a scrappy binding will be acceptable.

Here are a few links to help you find your way into the goodness being shared by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Patty’s Temperature Quilt for 2021 is stunning and provides an interesting comparison with the temperature highs and lows of 2020 recorded using the same colours in her previous quilt. Patty has also posted a quick tutorial to get you started making a Buffalo Plaid Quilt which really does look very effective.

Jayne’s working hard to reduce her stash and has been researching quilt designs derived from a basic nine patch block. Her gallery of examples is well worth a look.

Thanks to Sarah Goer for providing the link in her newsletter to this quick guide to the language of colour. I know I need to be reminded of the difference in meanings between a ‘shade’, a ‘tint’, and a ‘tone’ when discussing colours!

Using an app to try out different colourways on a digital image of a quilt sounds great but a bit complicated for a tech-challenged quilter like me. Yvonne Fuchs to the rescue! Check out her tutorial for the ‘Recolor App’ to find out if this could become an option in the sometimes tricky process of choosing a colour scheme for a quilt.

If you have a collection of large(ish) scraps (think FQs or Fat Eighths that have just had a strip of two cut out) and like modern quilt designs then you might well find Karin’s Zephyr QAL is just the project to get those scraps out of storage and pieced into a quilt. Find the exact fabric requirements and QAL schedule here 🙂

Another fascinating instalment of her ‘Expat Chronicles’ can be found over on Rachel’s blog page. Settling a family into another country and learning a new language is quite a task! In this edition of the chronicles Rachel focus’ on building friendships in a new land. Much of what she shares is great advice on being intentional in our friendship building whether we have recently moved or not.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia is delighting in a finished quilt – great use of large scale prints and large triangles 🙂

Happy Stitching!  Ooo! Please do leave your thoughts on my baby quilt design, is it too much piecing for beginner patchwork quilters?



8 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (281)

  1. In my book, standard sizes are generic guidelines. It seems like no quilt that I ever make is standard. Ha, ha! I think that a beginner can handle this project with your guidance. 🙂

    • Thanks Laura, that is all helpful. I’m not a great one for sticking to standard sizes either. I tend to make ‘throw size’ quilts, whatever that means (!), to avoid a quilt so large it becomes difficult to quilt on a domestic machine. I think quilting can be stressful enough without having to struggle to stuff the sandwich through the throat of the machine! I’m sorry to say swear words have been heard in my sewing room at such times!
      I was just aiming to make this particular quilt design a more regular size to appeal to people keen to have a go at making a quilt to welcome a new baby.

  2. That looks like a great beginner quilt with lots of opportunity for skill building! Personally, I prefer larger baby quilts because children grow quickly. It never makes sense (to me) to make a quilt that will become unusable in just a year or two!

    • Thanks so much for your encouraging reply to my question. Children do indeed grow quickly and I guess most quilt makers would want to see their quilts being used for many years and not discarded or hidden away in a cupboard.


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