Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Little Plus Baby Quilt and a Little Bit More

The Little Plus Baby Quilt, and at last, open water! 
     A friend had a little baby boy, and I wanted to create a little quilt for him.  I have been working to organize my stash and have a box of 5 inch square pieces. I pulled out blue, yellow and red baby scraps, and tried to decide what would work. 
My box of 5 inch squares.  Some are older Aunt Grace fabrics, and the three little pigs fabric that has been used in many earlier baby quilts
       Last year, I made a  plus quilt for my son out of left-over homespun, and decided that would work for this little quilt. Since I didn't have 5 squares of each scrap, so I needed to color a graph to figure out what I really needed.  
My little chart.  It turns out I like using colored pencils to plan!
Since this was a small quilt, I just put the squares on the dining room table. 
I love yellow binding and I love my new Clover clips.  I used my walking foot and quilted straight lines alternating with curvy lines at about 1/2 inch intervals.
The finished quilt, with my trusty quilt holder!   The finished quilt is about 31 x 40.
The back is a sweet blue fabric I have had for ages. 
     This little baby boy has a big sister.  I decided to send along a little bag, using some of the same fabrics, along with some more girly coordinating squares.  My stash busting efforts also include cutting 2 1/2 inch strips.  I pulled out some of those to cut 40 little squares.
I sewed the little charm squares together to make a rectangle.  I added some florals as well.
I quilted the rectangles with my walking foot, at quarter inch intervals from the seams.
The back of the quilting.
I used the same fabric from the quilt back for the inside lining on the bag.
A close up of this sweet little bag.
I think the quilt and the bag look so cute together.   

     Glad that spring is here after a long rough winter.

Take care,