A new cosy quilt for a brand new baby

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My good friend has a brand new baby girl, and I thought I would use the beautiful High Street collection by Lily Ashbury for Moda to make a baby quilt (I’ve lusted after it for months!!). This is it in progress, just the quilt top, on the ever-ready-but-never-for-clothes ironing board.

It’s a pretty straightforward pattern – it’s just a charm pack with white sashing (1.5” strips, making 1” sashing when finished).

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These are the charm squares sewed in strips of seven with white sashing in between. I always forget to pick out 6 charms for the ends of the strips to which you don’t need to sew 5”x1.5” white strips – but not this time! Hurrah. I actually toyed with the idea I was getting good at this… that brief feeling of smugness didn’t last…

Meanwhile – aren’t the fabrics great? Bright, pretty, fresh, modern but with a slight ethnicity to them which I can’t quite place.

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And quilted up, with a stipple pattern, slightly bigger than I’d normally go because of the high loft batting. I like the way stippling breaks up the squares. One day I’m going to do some loop-de-loop quilting on a whole baby quilt, I love the look but haven’t been brave enough to stray from what I know best on a whole quilt!

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I’ve used fire retardant high loft polyester batting – it gives it a nice puffiness which is perfect for baby quilts. Although I’d rather go for natural low loft cotton batting for quilts, as that’s the look and feel I really love, I’ve decided that because it’s not recommended to use quilts in babies under 1 year, a small quilt like this (43” x 38.5”) is most useful with some puffiness and loft as a clean absorbable, bright cosy playmat or tummy time/ nappy off time  mat, good inside on hard or dirty floors or outside even on slightly damp grass which is used later as a snuggly blanket for reading etc. I throw them in the washine machine and they come up like new. I’ll need to find some sun to photograph it under!

I thought I’d bind it and because of the colours decided white would be nice, clean. Wrong. I HATED it. Couldn’t even bring myself to photograph it. Much unpicking later and it’s back to unbound and waiting for some attention. Bang goes that smug feeling.

Quick charm quilts, don’t you just love ‘em? I mean why on earth would anyone bother doing something like English paper piecing 1” sided hexagons by hand and sewing them up by hand into a full sized quilt? i mean how long would something like that take??? Gotta be crazy to try it, right? Er, OK. Ahem. More on this next time…

Till then, happy sewing, browsing, cooking, playing, running, watching, living life through colour however you like to do it,

Poppy

xx

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