It is amazing how quickly a quilt comes together when the blocks are already done. That is the case with this quilt.
Back when I created Small World, I wanted to include a wide variety of fabric. I believe the final quilt had nearly 100 different prints in it. That, combined with the construction method I used (a variation of Quick Sticks by Kate Conklin), I ended up with a surplus of blocks. I was ok with the extra because one of Jonathan’s co-workers is having her first child — a baby boy — and I knew I could turns those extras into a baby quilt for her. To make this quilt look different from its predecessor, I alternated the orientation of every other block for a rail fence pattern.
I find that I do a lot of thinking while my sewing machine is running or I am pressing my seams; I am sure this is the case with most quilters. With this quilt, I got to thinking a lot about the quilting process. I am amazed that I truly enjoy nearly every aspect of making a quilt. I have not always felt this way though. I used to dread putting on the binding. Now, I even enjoy hand sewing it to the back (my technique has improved and I am faster now too). How about that?! I also like cleaning up my sewing space when it becomes a wreck in the midst of creating. There is one step though that I do not necessarily love and that is cutting fabric. I have one WIP in my stack that has been stuck at the cutting stage since last July; I got bored cutting out all of those little pieces, so I started other projects!
Anyway, back to the quilt at hand…
I do love making baby quilts (this one measured 35″ x 42″ prewashing). There are not that many blocks to make, the quilt is fairly easy to maneuver under the machine and putting on the binding does not take too long.
For the quilting of this quilt, I moved outside of my comfort zone again to get more comfortable with FMQing beyond stippling. I attempted square corner meandering — I know, advanced, right? Ha. You can see that not all of the quilting stitches have right angles, but I feel like I got better the more I worked at it. I used a slightly variegated grey thread and I like how it looks in the finished piece.
Related to the quilting, I am back to having problems free motion quilting on my machine, a Janome 6600P* (top thread shreds/breaks frequently). I thought the problem had resolved itself (Aurifil thread did the trick, or so I thought), but midway through quilting this, it started happening again. I think my thread broke a half dozen times while I quilted less than half of the quilt. It is so frustrating because I have FMQ’ed many things on this machine using economical Coats quilting thread and it worked just fine for a long time. I have read on some forums that it might be a bobbin tension issue. The machine is due for a servicing so hopefully that will fix it for good.
For the backing, I used some leftover pieces of flannel from the backing of the first Trudy quilt. I really need to use flannel more on my quilt backs. It makes the quilt so cuddly.
And once again, I pieced together two large batting scraps for the batting and the seam is undetectable in the finished piece.
For the binding I used the same Michael Miller navy pindot that I used in Small World, plus I added in one little bit of a Hope Valley print.
This quilt will be gifted to the mother-to-be on Sunday at her shower. I hope she likes it!
*I am mentioning my machine specifics in case anyone else is having that same problem with this machine.