New Babe on The Way & New Quilt too!
My youngest brother and his fiancé are having a new little babe and I am so excited! They announced a number of months ago that they were having a baby girl due to arrive in the middle of May 2017…only a couple weeks away! So a sweet spring babe deserves a fresh little quilt to wrap up in, right?! This is their first babe and I totally intend to spoil her!
I knew that I wanted to make her a quilt of course. So I immediately thought of the Bespoke Blooms collection with the soft pastels and floral designs as the fabric for the quilt. The prints and colorways in this collection make me think of that sweet peach of babe’s skin and their soft rosy pink cheeks.
Once I settled on the fabric that I wanted to use I loaded up my EQ7 program and created my pattern. I made the quilt on-point and created the dimensions of the block, sashing and borders and the program told me how much fabric I needed. I love my EQ7 program because I can quickly create my pattern to my liking. I couldn’t recommend it more if you love to quilt!
After I chose the fabric I quickly started piecing the sashing to the charm pack squares. I pre-wound some bobbins so that I wasn’t stopping too long and having to rethread my machine. Both having the charm packs in already pre-cut 5″ square size and having my bobbins pre-wound totally cut some time off of the quilting process.
Basting the Quilt Sandwich
Next I moved to basting my quilt. I almost entirely use pins to baste as my son often will be around and it is too cold to open a window in order to keep the room properly ventilated for spray basting. I space my pins about 5″ apart but use my open hand as a rough guide when spacing. In this case I was stitching in the ditch so I placed each pin in the center of a charm pack.
Quilting the Sandwich
After I finished basting I removed my 1/4 inch foot from my sewing machine and attached my walking foot. I was initially planning to free motion quilt but then decided that stitching in the ditch would suite the quilt more this time around.
Binding the Quilt
I use a 2 1/2 inch binding strip, miter my strips together and then fold them in half to make one long strip. I then attach the raw edge of the binding to the raw edge of the quilt on the front. I then sew it down about 1/4 inch from the edge. Once sewn onto the entire quilt. I flip it over and iron all the way around and then hand bind the binding to the back. I like to iron it down first so that I am not fighting with it along the way. My son wanted to watch a Disney movie before bed so we snuggled under a quilt and I hand bound the quilt.
The final touch is the label placed on the back of the quilt. Which is personalized with some sweet little blessings for this little bundle of joy. I cannot wait to meet her. (love)
All fabrics used in this quilt are available in the shop