I forgot to mention that I'm having a little fabric sale! All remaining charm bundles, as well as the one basket quilt bundle, are 20% off with coupon code blue20 in my Etsy shop. Just choose the 'fabric' section to see all available bundles. This sale will run till the end of June.
I've loved this quilt pattern by Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew since it first came out. I ordered the pattern and added it to the queue of future projects.
Then I saw Nettie's scrappy version and I knew that's how I wanted to make mine.
I used a Nani Iro double gauze for the back, purchased here. This is not a bargain basement fabric, but the cuddle factor is SO worth it. If you're making a baby quilt, I definitely recommend double gauze as an option.
I would rate this pattern as great for beginners. Not your first ever quilt, but possibly your second and for sure your third.
It's well written and straightforward and delivers a fun modern look.
Speaking of beginners, here's an idea I've been percolating:
Nothing is so dear to my heart as when people express an interest in learning to quilt! I know I'm biased, but I think it's got to be one of the best hobbies around! The reason it's so awesome is that you can invest endless creativity and beauty, and when it's completed it's one the most comforting and useful items around. I mean, how many pieces of art can you cuddle up with?!
That being said, it can be a little intimidating to jump right in when you've never made one before. I think a lot of people find the though of actually quilting and finishing (e.g. binding) to be quite overwhelming.
It's impossible to enjoy something when you're feeling overwhelmed and frustrated and most likely you'll end up stuffing the whole thing in a back closet.
To avoid this, I consider it VERY important to start small! and simple! Your first quilt should be the simplest quilt pattern known to man, it should not be a large quilt, (a small lap quilt like 50"x60" is the absolute biggest you should go) and preferably you should learn in a physical class with a nurturing positive teacher.
So I've been thinking of doing a little tutorial/quiltalong here over the next month or so. I will do picture by picture tutorials of the simplest quilt known to man (no, it's not patchwork squares!). We could all sew together. I'd start a Flickr group that you could add your photos if you liked, or you could email them to me and I'd share them here.
I'd also like it to be helpful with all kinds of tips, so I'd invite anyone to add their insight or ask questions in the comments. I'd also link to other tutorials that show similiar techniques, since I find that we all think and learn differently and seeing processes from different people's perspectives is so helpful.
So what do you think? Is there any beginning or not-yet quilters out there who are interested? I don't know who's reading here, so maybe it's not something that would be applicable.
I wanted to use a piece of that adorable Heather Ross Princess and the Pea fabric. So I did a simple log cabin with the fabric colors pulled from that center piece.
I chose to tie this one with white cotton yarn which makes it so snuggly. Only one problem, I started tying from the center, making one every 4 inches. When I got to the outside rows, I was more like 5 - 6 inches, so the dilemma was; do I make another row right close to the edge? or just leave it empty? I left it empty, and now after washing, the edges are a bit bunchy. Guess I should have done that extra row all the way around.
It's a lesson for next time, although it's maddening because now what do I do with this little quilt? I don't know if I can sell it!
Oh, by the way, the batting is 80/20 meaning that it's 80% cotton and 20% poly. Over the years, I've gone back and forth between this stuff and the 100% cotton. Basically they're very similiar. I think this 80/20 has just a tiny bit more puffy softness to it, which I like.
In the end, I think it's my first choice for baby quilts, or any bed quilts. Wallhangings, and tablecloths are better off with 100% cotton.