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Friday, March 3, 2017

Queen of the Sea Baby Quilt


The finished quilt on a windy day!

     One of my cousins is about to become a grandmother, which calls for a baby quilt.  I usually use fabrics from my overflowing stash to create a quilt, but in this case, the baby's room was decorated with fabrics from Moda's Queen of the Sea line.
     Unfortunately, by the time I learned of this, that line was not readily available.  After a bit of internet searching, I was able to locate 5 mini-charm packs, and one yard each of the turquoise and coral fabrics.  
The fabrics
     With these limited pieces, I decided to make a quilt with some 16 square blocks.  I started by just chain piecing the 2 1/2 inch squares together, only watching to make sure that I didn't put two of the same together.   I was binge-watching "Empire" while doing this.  

Chain piecing

A pile of pieces

Setting up the blocks

Laying out the blocks to eye ball for balance
     I was trying to get the quilt to finish at least 40 inches wide, and so added 1 inch (finished) strips as sashing between the 16 square blocks.  I then cut strips from the yard pieces to finish at 3 inches for the coral inside border, and 3 inches for the outer turquoise border.  I ended up using the coral for the binding as well.
Previewing the layout

With the white sashing 

Almost done!

Done.  I should have paid a bit more attention to the border on the right hand side to separate the big "wheels". 

I used a large meandering pattern for the overall quilting, and used some leftover backing material for the back.  

What did I do before I discovered Clover clips?  

The finished quilt.  Soft and pretty.  It finished at 40 x 49 inches.  
     The baby shower is this weekend, so I can safely post this now.  I hope that my cousin and her family like it!  
    
     I just finished the top of a baby version of my rainbow in a box quilt for a class sample.  I will be getting into teaching and am excited about that opportunity.  I am also continuing to work on the test pieces for the New York Beauty Quilt, and brought home some charity quilts from my guild to quilt up before the next meeting.  I'd better get sewing!  

Have a good weekend!
Take care,
Gretchen 

6 comments:

  1. visiting from crazy mum quilts. That looks like a speedy way to make a baby quilt.

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  2. Such a lovely baby quilt - congratulations!!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful - you made a good choice with those colours/fabrics, they are gorgeous!

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  4. This is one gorgeous finish. What a lucky baby!

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  5. Such gorgeous fabric, this is beautiful. Love how you showed your steps in this post. So pretty!

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  6. Very pretty quilt, love those soft, soothing colours.

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