The past couple of weeks I’ve been working on some baby quilts for a friend who is having twins!
I pulled out my notebook where I keep all the patterns I’ve collected to see what I should make. One pattern I had is called “Cuddly Critters” and it’s a tumbling blocks pattern. This pattern was in the Summer 2012 Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts and is designed by Patti Carey.
The pattern came with instructions to use the Fons & Porter 60 degree Diamond and Pyramid Rulers or cut out the templates included in the magazine. I don’t have the rulers so I used the templates.
This quilt was really easy to make. The key is to use light, medium & dark variations of the same color to create the 3-D block effects.
I pulled out three fabrics and got started cutting but quickly figured out I didn’t have enough of those fabrics. (Wouldn’t it be nice if I read the whole pattern first?!) That’s when the quilt became more scrappy! I had to find fabrics that were the same shade as the first ones and I mixed them in.
The fabrics I used were very geometric and maybe it’s that or just the combination of different fabrics that give this little quilt a modern feel.
This quilt was fun and easy to make and then I bought some flannel to use for backing. I ALWAYS forget what a pain flannel is to work with! I layered everything and used my walking foot to quilt around the blocks. The flannel also makes the quilt a little heavier than I wanted but over time, with washing, it should soften and thin out.
It quilted fine but then when I sewed the binding on, there were issues. Maybe the flannel doesn’t move through the feed dogs at the same rate as the top or have the same amount of stretch? I don’t know but my top kept coming out longer. It definitely took some wrangling to get that binding on.
The second quilt was a pattern my husband picked out. It’s called “Pinwheel Baby Quilt” and I found it here on the Moda Bake Shop. It’s by Jodi at Simply This That and The Other.
The pattern called for using a Charm Pack and I did use some Charm Pack pieces but also some of my own fabrics so I would have more choice in colors. I wanted it to have more greens.
This quilt is a simple pinwheel pattern but has these fun Prairie Points added to the outside border.
There was a little time spent cutting, folding and pinning these to the inside of the quilt.
And of course, when I bought the flannel backing for the other quilt, I also bought some for this quilt.
I now have the whole thing sandwiched together and I’m trying to decide if I want to go ahead with the flannel on the back or switch to regular cotton.
It’s a sweet and fun baby quilt no matter what’s on the back. I plan to use my walking foot again to quilt diagonal lines with the pinwheels and I have some fun green polka-dot fabric for the binding.
I can’t wait to give these quilts away and meet these baby boys!