Before my grand daughter Aria was born I made her a gender neutral quilt because her parents chose not to find out if they were having a boy or girl. My daughter Kayla decorated the nursery with a cute mint/gray color scheme that I matched for Aria’s quilt.
You can read about that quilt here. Infants do not use bulky quilts much so that quilt still seems almost brand new. Since one of Aria’s new baby brothers (yes, she will soon have three new siblings!) will be using that original mint/gray bedding, Kayla is going to pass that crib quilt down to him.
Aria recently moved into a new room with a new toddler bed and I had been thinking about making her a new quilt to match. A few weeks ago I made three mini quilts for her triplet dolls.
Kayla told me that night Aria insisted her mom and dad lay those three mini quilts over her for bedtime even though they probably did not even cover her legs. I knew I needed to get her new quilt made quickly.
I had been wanting to try a “quilt as you go” quilt because it was suppose to be fast so I went to the fabric store with a strip quilt in mind and selected five different fabrics.
I cut the fabric into strips the width of the material and into random 1 1/2″ to 5 1/2″ pieces that when pieced together would measure approximately 48″ long. I think I cut 19 strips in total.
I also cut a piece of fabric the size of the quilt backing and strips of fabric for the binding. I laid out the strips randomly to see how it would look as a finished quilt then sewed them directly onto the batting and quilt backing. There are several good tutorials on-line that shows exactly how to do this, including the one I used here.
After purchasing and washing the fabric, it took about eight hours to cut, sew and bind the quilt.
It was a fun, fast quilt to make. I hope she likes it as much as she did the doll quilts!