Nautical Baby Quilt

Ahoy it’s a boy!

This was the phrase on the baby shower invite I received last month. With that, I was eager to make a trip to my local Joann fabric store and find some nautical prints for a quick baby quilt. I had no idea what I would make, but I had the invite in hand for inspiration. With the help of my husband (yes, he’s got a great eye for design), we settled on the following selection:

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After all the baby quilts I made, I knew the yardage I would most likely need. 3 yards for the front, 1 1/4 yard for the back, 1/2 yard for the binding. That’s a good rule of thumb if you haven’t settled on a pattern. From my 3-Fabric Quilts book, I found a pattern called Simplici-T, which called for the exact yardage I purchased.

I’m very happy with how quick the quilt was to make. It took me only 3 days to complete, as the book even suggests it’s a good weekend project. I quilted long wavy lines to mimic the ocean for an easy finish. What do you think!?

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Wait… Neko, get out of the way missy!

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Project Linus Quilt #2

Another Project Linus quilt completed! I finished this quilt in August and turned it in to the organization at my local quilt show. While I was there I grabbed another quilt kit with turquoise and grey floral fabric, polka dots, and a beautiful grey flannel back. I look forward to piecing that one together!

Let me show you the quilt I completed for Project Linus this year. I love the retro ice cream shop fabric and the kit had some fantastic pairings including a minty blue fabric for the HSTs. I made tiny four-square cornerstones and added pairs of sashing strips, alternating them throughout the quilt. Quilting was a bit troublesome. I quilted 1/4″ away from the HST seams and stitched in the ditch along the sashing. The batting was thicker than I’m use to and I found it difficult to quilt and keep the sashing taught with all those seams. There was a bit of bunching and shifting, but I did my best to complete the quilting in this manner. In the end, it was hardly noticeable.

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The retro ice cream fabric makes up the entire back of the quilt and a blue polka dot fabric finishes the quilt in the binding. As I was putting away all the fabric remnants into the kit bag, I discovered a little baggie labeled “Borders”…. facepalm … oops, oh well the quilt was still a descent baby quilt size without the borders. The ladies from the organization told me it was no problem and that they could easily place them with another kit 🙂 I think I will set myself a goal and complete two Project Linus Quilts next year.

For those who don’t know, Project Linus is an organization that donates hundreds of blankets every month to children in need. There are chapters in all 50 states and blankets are collected locally, then distributed locally to hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, and more.

Proud to be a Blanketeer!

Scenic Route Baby Quilt

I’ve had this baby quilt complete for about a month now, but just recently gifted it. I’m happy to now share with you my Scenic Route baby quilt. I named this quilt after the main line featured by Riley Blake Designs. I found some great coordinating solids and prints that made this baby boy quilt so cheerful. To showcase all the fun prints of Scenic Route, I decided on the trusty strip quilt by Thirty Handmade Days. I’ve used this pattern many times and it’s one of my favorites for a baby quilt. I made some minor adjustments by using less strips for a smaller quilt. I quilted along each strip 1/4″ away from the seam and added zig-zag quilting in the large strips to keep everything in place. I backed the quilt in a solid brown neutral that matches the little squirrels and finished it off with a pop of orange binding.

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Quality inspection met all expectations and passed with flying colors from the sewing inspector below!

(Quilt washed before gifting!)

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