When you get the opportunity to make a baby quilt for a long-time friend’s soon-to-be grandson, the pleasure begins with choosing the design. But it doesn’t end with delivering the quilt. No, it doesn’t end for a very long time – more like when that soon-to-be baby has a child of their own and you ask them if they still have the baby quilt you made for them when THEY were a baby! I’ve had the pleasure of finding that out within the last year and the thrill of knowing someone has saved their baby quilt (or their parents did) that you made them 18 or more years ago is over-the-top quilted love!
Braxton needed a baby quilt. The fabric color choices were not something I would choose as there were light’s and dark’s but no medium shades of fabrics. But the quilt grew on me as I sewed it together. And when I added the machine embroidery, that helped, too. The final thing that clinched my love for this quilt was when my dear friend Meloney quilted it (and added the binding!) for his quilt.
I rarely ask Meloney to quilt a quilt with any specific pattern. In fact, I can only think of two instances, in the 10+ years I’ve known her, where I’ve done so. She prefers to let the quilt talk to her and tell her what pattern to quilt it in. For Braxton’s quilt, once she saw the deer stag head shot, she felt quilting it with leaves was appropriate as it would signify a deer walking through a forest. And she was absolutely right!
Let’s make a sampler quilt out of some of the “Quilted Kitchen” quilt blocks found here at QuiltTherapy.com! ALL of the quilt blocks are already designed to be 12″ finished, 12 1/2″ unfinished blocks. You need to do is to choose to make the ones I have put in my design or any 12 blocks of the design of your choice. Then deicide on the colors of your sampler blocks. You can keep the colors I created with the blocks, use your stash for an even scrappier quilt and even go all out and choose your own colors for a more complimentary and uniform look.
Well, there IS another something you will need to decide…and that is should you make all of the recipes that go with each block? LOL
You have purchased 10 yards of 42” fabric to use for the backing on a quilt. Now what do you
You need to cut off the selvage with a rotary cutter and ruler.
Cut the fabric in half so you end up with TWO (2) 5‐yard pieces of fabric.
Press each 5‐yard cut, making sure the ‘fold’ is pressed out of them.
With right sides together, line up the two 5 yard cuts and sew them together on EACH SIDE. Use a 5/8” seam allowance and press both seams OPEN. You will end up with a long tube.
Lay your tube out so you can draw a line on the back of one of the fabrics. Draw your line in the CENTER of the 5 yard strip ‐ equal distance between the two sewn seams.
CUT just the ONE fabric that you drew on, from end‐to‐end of your tube, ON the line you drew on.
Your fabric is now ready for backing your quilt.
The reason for doing this is mostly for fabric strength. The most used areas (and hence, the
most damage areas after regular quilt usage) of a quilt is the binding and the backing. You do
not want a seam down the center of the backing ‐ too much stress is put on that area of a quilt
‐ think of two people laying under a quilt and one pulls it one way and the other pulls it their
way. That stresses out a center seam on the back of a quilt. You also want to press the
seam open because if you press it to one side (as you do on most quilt tops), it will be bulky in
that area. By putting your backing seams on the sides of the quilt back, the center remains