Baby quilt made entirely from precuts

sqreI  spend my days with Zara and so I have babies on my mind and therefore, baby quilts!  I want to make some more baby quilts but I want them to be quick.  I have only made baby quilts for Zara and to keep at her house.  Maybe I want a little quilt that we can keep here or on to give away, who knows!  I just have ideas rumbling around in my head.  (Don't worry, they aren't talking to me...yet!)

The first thing I wanted to try was making a baby quilt from charm packs.  I had a serious charm pack addiction going on for a while and I easily have 20 of them left.  You can see the one I decided to use, with a Moda charm pack of solids.sqre1

First I arranged all the squares on my cutting table.  (Sounds fancy but it's just my old kitchen table on risers because I am tall!)    Yes, I used full squares along the edges, I will cut those down when it is all put together.  Please don't think you can cut them in half and use them as half square triangles, they lack the quarter inch for the seam allowance where you cut.  I may or may not have found this out the hard way!

sqre2Once I had them all arranged, I started piecing at a corner and pieced diagonal strips.  I ironed all the print squares with the seam out, that way everything lined up to make flat seams where they joined.   So it was easy to remember, always iron towards the solid.   With this many seams, the ironing is as important as the sewing and lucky for me, I love to iron!

Once I finished all the charm squares, I thought about borders.  You can see the  roll of batiky solids I've been hoarding for a while.  I decided to go ahead and use it!  I decided to put a different color on sqre3each border and do two rows of border.  Remember I have not had to do any cutting, all the fabrics were precut, cause I am pretty lazy how very cool! I cut the edges even and added on the strips.  For the back, I used that yellow fabric I had left over from Zara's curtains.  (I still have oodles left, it's a great Marimekko cotton.)

Here it is on Glady, my Gammill longarm where it will rest for a bit while I ponder how I want to quilt it.  I decided against anything geometric, this is a baby quilt, I want to soften all those lines a bit.  I am leaning towards flowers as it is a quilt for a baby girl.

sqre4I will let you see it when it is all done in the meantime, I have more baby quilts roaming around in my head.  Emily has friends who are all having baby boys.  I haven't gotten to try one of those yet so stay tuned.

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