Kaikoura Baby Quilt
Another secret sewing project was made with this gorgeous collection of fabrics - Kaikoura, designed by Jessica Zhao for Cotton + Steel. My eldest daughter had seen this fabric online and requested a baby quilt using this material. I tried to source the fabrics from shops here in the UK but was unsuccessful as it had been launched in 2019 and was no longer available here. Obviously being the super mummy that I am, I didn't want to disappoint her, so despite the horrendous postage costs, I had to resort to buying them online from USA. Although the postage costs really were awful, the two suppliers I used were fantaastic - Bobbie Lou Fabric Factory and Riverview Fabrics were both incredibly prompt in sending out my orders and the fabrics arrived within a week. I also needed a co-ordinating fabric for the sashing and borders, so chose this sea-blue coloured Moda Grunge fabric from my local quilt shop, Kis Quilting Ltd...
...the pattern I've used is Charm Squares Baby Quilt designed by Elizabeth Hartman and is available as a free PDF download from her website. Once the quilt was pieced together, I used some soft bamboo wadding, purchased online from Oh Sew Sweet. This was then machine quilted very simply in straight rows just half an inch apart, using the edge of the walking foot as a guide. I didn't want the quilting to be too prominent, so used an Aurifil 50wt thread in a colour which matched perfectly, and the thread has just melted away into the background, leaving a beautiful soft ribbed effect. One of my pre-printed labels, ordered from Woven Labels UK, was machine stitched in place across the corner of the quilt on the back...
...last week was my daughter's surprise baby shower, which was the perfect opportunity to give this quilt to my daughter for her under the sea themed nursery. She sent me this photograph which shows that it definately has bump-approval! And the left over fabrics? Well they haven't gone to waste, as the baby's other grandma is using them for cushions for the rocking chair that she used for her children, which will soon by in the new baby's nursery!
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