Friday, March 18, 2011

whole cloth baby quilt

The whole cloth style quilt really appeals to me, and my neighbor's month old great-grandson has just come to visit - along with some other relatives. I looked through my sewing books and came up with this idea from Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts for a fast but nice present.

For her "super quick + easy baby quilt" it's just one fabric on one side, one on the other. Make three layers with batting, sew them together around the edge leaving a space, turn inside out and machine "tie" them, using an ornamental design at evenly spaced intervals to hold batting in place.

I had this pretty batik in a nice sized piece, which I used for a pillow cover last summer - but plenty left. An ocean blue with light golden yellow in it.  For the other side I used a gentle stripe with softer shades of the blue and yellow.

She suggested a tight zigzag if your machine doesn't do fancy stitching, so that's what I did. The stripes were a help in the placement of the zigzags.   I'm really pleased with it!

Such an enjoyable project, but I'd like to practice on a couple more - I had a little difficulty with keeping it smooth and straight, and it would be nice to resolve that before I forget entirely what the problem was. I can definitely see an advantage to doing something several times in order to master it!


  1. I love that book, and have not made that project - after seeing yours I'm putting it on my 'to-do' list!

  2. I really, really enjoyed doing it. To you, it would be nothing, because you're a quilter anyway!

  3. I love that batik! What a blessed baby indeed. I noticed in your profile that you listed Edith Schaeffer in you favorites. You are definitely a kindred spirit.

  4. Oh, I love her - a wonderful Christian, giving her all to God. Such an inspiration, even though I'm Catholic, I can still learn from her example of tireless devotion. I heard of her from Anna's blog.

  5. Love that batik fabric. And the quilt is very sweet. Nice job, Miss Lisa!