Have you had a crafty weekend?? I've been busy, as I needed to make a baby quilt for a colleague's grand-daughter and decided to use this beautiful "Oasis" range of fabric by 3 Sisters from Moda. It had been on my shelf for far too long and was just perfect for an extra special project! I decided to use one of my favourite baby quilt patterns, "Charm Squares Baby Quilt" designed by Elizabeth Hartman (check out her blog, Oh Fransson!) and it is quite quick and simple to piece together...
...in no time at all I'd pieced the rows together, and was ready to add the sashing. I used a white tote-on-tone print for the sashing and the top and bottom border too - it looks really fresh! I used a cream Mettler fine embroidery thread shade 844 for the piecing and a Schmetz Microtex needle size 60. It was such a windy day when I took this photograph yesterday!!...
...then it was time to get the quilt layered and ready for quilting. I decided to use the same white fabric for the backing too - and quilted this in lots of straight rows about 0.5" apart. I used a cotton wadding (Quilters dream, select weight) and white Mettler quilting thread and a Schmetz Topstitch needle size 80. The binding strips have been cut 3.5" wide, and folded double. Then using the edge of the walking foot as a guide, the binding is machined into place 0.5" from the edge of the quilt, the folded edge rolled over and hand stitched into place on the back of the quilt, giving the quilt a nice neat finish...
...and here it is completed - this measures approx 33" x 40" and is really a great size to have as a playmat/quilt - and still be used she she's a little girl toddling around! I used this grey print which is also part of the "Oasis" range for the binding and the backing. A label is stitched securely in the corner and it's ready to meet it's new owner, a beautiful little girl called Olive Mabel. Hope her mummy and grandma like it!!
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