It was a lengthy birth, but now it is here: my new baby quilt. Or rather, not ‘my’ quilt: it belongs to a friend and her new-born son. It was such a fabulous excuse to do some English Paper Piecing and make another fairly small quilt, where the quilting isn’t as daunting as something that’s meant to go on a double bed.

My friend gave me two types of fabric and a very sweet fabric to use for the back of the quilt. And then we bought some more. I gave her a couple of options and she settled for a hexagon & triangle pattern. The first few pieces looked like this.

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Luckily this wasn’t an especially big quilt, because laying it out to determine the pattern would have been a bit of a challenge…

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Don’t you just love it when things begin to come together…

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Proof that the quilt is nice & cwtshy: As soon as I started sewing the bias binding to the quilt, a cat ploppped down on the quilt…

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… and then another…

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And here it is, in all its glory. I added an embroidery stitch to the border, which made for a nice effect. One of these days I’ll have to learn proper free-motion quilting, but I didn’t want to ruin this one with my first attempt… It’s not as easy as it looks on the video tutorials on YouTube!

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I’ve even managed to get the sine qua non of the modern crafter – my own label!


I’m quite proud of my effort. The colours are nice, bright and friendly, and the quilt is cute, but not soppy-cute. Next time I must try something a bit bigger and really go to town on the colours/shapes…







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  1. Pingback: Another baby quilt | Crafts and the Art of Living Well

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