I love babies and I love quilts so when I can combine the two, I am all over it! As you know, I have been working on a block challenge for a few months now. I finished the top a couple of weeks ago and the whole quilt a few days ago. I take great pleasure in letting you know that the block challenge quilt is a modern baby quilt. And it is home with the baby!
I had the top on my design wall and I had the fabric I bought in Maine. I knew it would not be wide enough so I decided to add strips of turquoise on the right side.
I cut off two strips and put it over the quilt on the design wall. I moved them apart so I had the total back as wide as I needed. I then measured the gaps.
I cut two turquoise strips and sewed them into the two gaps. Now the back was wide enough and the back looked much more modern.
I loaded the back on the longarm and got it all straight. I loaded the batting and floated it as well as the top.
I decided to use Aurifil in the top and the bottom. I started to quilt and the thread broke repeatedly. I first used a different bobbin. Then I rethread the machine.
Finally I switched the grey to a different grey and lowered the top tension. Phew, it all worked just fine. Thread and fabric can be so finicky!
After I trimmed the quilt, I had to choose a binding.
I auditioned the turquoise and a dark grey. I chose the turquoise but I got all daring and interspersed three sections of light grey in the binding.
Yes, I am a wild and crazy modern quilter.
I usually don't wash quilts before I give them to people. But after I discovered Color Catchers, I've become quite the washing fan.
I think the quilting shows up better on the photo of the back than on the front. I actually had a hard time giving this quilt away. I decided I really liked it!
But, I did it. I gave it to a new Mom in book club who has been a friend of my daughter's since their Freshman year. I hope her daughter loves it as much as I do.
Maybe she'll like it enough not to get any body fluids on it? Nah.
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I made another modern baby quilt for a book club member. You can read that post here.