Block Challenge Quilt is a modern baby quilt

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!

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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.c quilt re 2

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!

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I quilted it all in one afternoon, the day after the thread snapping scenario. I did a very large ribbon candy design. It’s easy and does a pretty good job quilting a large space. c quilt re 4

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 C quilt re backbecome quite the washing fan.

Here is the finished back after quilting, binding and washing. Can you see the bits of grey? And the quilting?Challenge quilt cropped re marked

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.

Sew happy!

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I made another modern baby quilt for a book club member. You can read that post here.

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