I had a trip over to Fabric8 at Felixstowe last Saturday, and saw this fab and funky fabric - "Space Rockets" by The Henley Studio, for Makower UK. (Oh and I also bought some great retro-looking Christmas fabric too by Riley Blake designs, but I'm saving that to show you another day!!) This space-themed fabric was just perfect for a whole cloth baby quilt. I used a metre of the large print for one side of the quilt, and a metre of the smaller print for the other side of the quilt. I used cotton wadding - I prefer to use Quilter's Dream wadding in the select weight for baby quilts as it is so lovely and soft. I never EVER use polyester wadding for quilts for little people as the fibers can migrate.....
.....this is not like the traditional whole cloth quilts you understand, but this is a fab and funky whole cloth quilt, quilted in a 3" diagonal grid with bright threads to match the colours in the fabric. I started off by marking a 3" grid with a Clover Hera marker. I chose an orange Mettler quilting thread for the initial 3" grid, then quilted either side of all the quilting lines using the edge of the walking foot as a guide. Finally I quilted in the middle of the two navy lines with a King Tut variegated blue thread. The same navy blue Mettler thread was used in the bobbin so the reverse side is completely navy quilting - I needed about 5 bobbins of thread for this project! but keeping the same colour saved an awful lot of time as I just made sure I had wound several bobbins before I started quilting!.....
.....the orange print was used for the binding. (I really do love this orange fabric - and I just wish I had more of it!!) and a label added as a final flourish to the back or the quilt - or it could be the front - as this quilt is totally reversible!! Now it's going to be posted off to it's new owner. My friend Vanda has just become a grandma again - this is for her new grandson, Riley Jon. Hope he gets lots of use from this quilt!!
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