If you asked me my favorite quilt made, this would have to be in the top 5. This is a quilt that is challenging, but I believe it is forgiving and you could make it if you wanted.
The most tedious task is cutting the squares. For each baby item, I cut a 6″ square.
Choose 4 squares and sew them together to form an approx 12″ square.
After you gather your larger squares, you will need to cut equal numbers of batting and backing in 12″ squares.
You are going to make a lot of sandwiches – backing with the wrong side up, then the batting and then the top – right side up.
You are going to stitch an “X” across each sandwich. I don’t mark – I simply start at one corner and stitch across. With baby items, watch for the snaps! I have *heard* you can break needles if you aren’t careful
After all of your squares have been sandwiched together, it is time to lay out the quilt:
I lay them all out and then keep rearranging until I am happy.
Now you are going to sew the sandwiches together with the back sides together so the front looks like this:
Once all of the sandwiches are together, sew around the edge about 1/2″ from the border:
After you stitch, start snipping! Every half inch you will snip almost to the stitch line around the border and along the seam lines of the quilt.
Now, wash and dry the quilt. You are going to end up with a ton of lint! You might need to trim some areas after the drying cycle.
I love leaving the fun part of the outfits. It is much easier to cut the flattest part or to cut off the gathered areas and cut flat. However, on this one, I chose to use those areas to add as much texture and interest.
This is how your back will end up – isn’t this vintage sheet the icing on the cake?
I absolutely adore how this quilt turned out.
Now to go finish her twin brothers!