One of my friends in Norway has been celebrating the arrival of a new grand-daughter, and I needed to make a baby quilt (I'd made one for the baby's brother and sister when they were born). This pretty Jelly Roll "Martinique" by 3 Sisters for Moda has been in my stash for ages, and decided to use the "Mini Charm Mix" pattern (a free download from the Fat Quarter Shop website). The pattern is a PDF file and easy to print off. There is also a Youtube video to show you how to make this. This was really simple to piece together...
...I used Mettler fine embroidery thread for the machine piecing in a pale grey shade as this blends with all colours, and a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needles. Oh and I pressed and pressed and pressed all those seams! The seams are all "nestled and wrestled" and fit together perfectly. One final press and it was time for a quick photograph before the quilting stage...
...I always use cotton wadding for baby quilts, and this is the brand that is stocked at my local quilt shop Quilters Haven. It comes in two weights, select and request. This was made with the select weight. My favourite thread for quilting is Aurifil, and it was just perfect for this project. I quilted lots of straight rows, using the edge of the walking foot as a guide, so the rows are quilted every 1/2"...
...this shows a close-up of the machine quilting. These straight rows give a lovely ribbed effect to the finished quit. The next stage was to add one of my labels to the back of the quilt. These are machined into place, stitching close to the edge sewing through all the layers...
...scrappy binding is one of my favourites, and I picked out a few strips that were left from the Jelly Roll, and stitched them together using mitred seams. Then the binding is folded over double, and pinned into place along the edge of the quilt. This was then machined into place 3/8" from the edge of the binding, and then folded over to the back of the quilt and stitched into place by hand using ladder stitch, and the same Aurifil thread...
...and finally here is the completed quilt. This will be wrapped up and taken to the post office later this morning and will soon be in Norway to keep the new baby cosy.
Blogs I follow
These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.