Saturday, January 8, 2011
Easy Peasy Baby Quilt
The secret? Pre-pieced material. I happened to be cruising the remnant basket at Hobby Lobby and found this 7/8 piece on sale for $6.89. It's pieced from alternating bits of baby-soft flannel and chenille fabric. (Mmm...flannel and chenille...two of the best textile sensations in the whole world.)
Since this is a gift and I don't know if the baby is a boy or a girl, I chose a pale yellow fleece for the backing fabric to match the yellow in the plaid squares and help neutralize the blue.
Because fleece can sometimes stretch, I didn't cut the fleece to match the top fabric. I just trimmed it up a bit leaving about a 2 inch margin all the way around.
Then I sewed the pieces together using a 1/4" seam and leaving a 6" gap on one edge to turn the turn quilt the inside out.
After the edges were sewn, I trimmed the fleece down to the edge of the top fabric and then turned the quilt inside out. I ironed the quilt making sure press the edges as crisply as possible and tucking in the 6" opening used to turn the fabric inside out.
Top stitch around all 4 edges of the quilt using a 1/4" allowance.
That's it. That's all there was to it.
See, I told you it was easy and Mom never lies! (Except about her weight...she doesn't admit that to anyone!)