Strip Quilt

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!

Color Block Quilt

I recently completed a color block quilt for my soon to be born third grandchild.  The parents decided not to learn if their newborn would be a girl or boy so they chose the neutral colors of grey and mint for decorating the nursery.  I love this combination of colors and since I had made a grey strip quilt a year ago (see that post here) I actually had some leftover fabric I could use.  The mint fabric I ordered from Carousel Designs where my daughter had picked out this fabric for some of the nursery linens.  You can bet I made sure it was 100% cotton quilting fabric before I ordered it so as not to have the issue I had with my last quilt (read all about that here.)

I cut out all the pieces including the white borders.



For some reason I did not take any pictures of piecing this quilt but did get one of the basting process.


The hand quilting went very quickly since I just quilted “in the ditch” around each of the blocks.  I made the binding out of the mint fabric, sewed it to the quilt on the machine, then hand finished it.  I really like the binding process and I think that is because it just finishes the quilt so nicely.



Baby quilts are so fun to make, they go so quickly and I always think about the sweet little newborn who will be using it.

Gray Strip Baby Quilt

I have been wanting to try a strip quilt for a long time and when the opportunity arose to make another baby quilt I decided it would be the perfect project.  Strip quilts are often made to use up leftover scraps of fabric since they are just long strips of fabric sewn together.  For this particular quilt I wanted to keep the colors somewhat neutral so I did a little fabric shopping.


I am a little bit of a fabric hoarder and ALWAYS buy much more than I need for a project.  One can never have too much fabric!  The first thing I did was cut a few strips of each fabric in various widths and started laying them out until I found a pattern I liked.


Then I just sewed the strips together.


After I pressed the seams open,  I cut out the backing and low-loft batting and basted all the layers together.



The next step was the quilting and binding.  Since I had the time I decided to do the quilting by hand like I did on the Chevron Baby Quilt.  I am far from a perfect quilter but I like the look of handmade quilting and feel like it personalizes the quilt.  Besides that, it gives me an excuse to watch tv without feeling guilty, at least I am being productive at the same time.



Every quilt I make becomes my new favorite and this one is not an exception.  I love the neutral colors and it was easy and quick to put together.  This specific quilt I made for my physical therapist Christy that I talked about in this post.  Now I have two more quilts to make in the next two months.  I better get started right now!

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Chevron Baby Quilt

DISCLAIMER:  This post is about making a quilt.  I have made a few quilts over the years but in no way am I am expert quilter or  seamstress.  My finished quilts are best viewed from afar. 🙂  I do come from a long line of quilters and have cousins who could be considered experts (Cathy and Bonnie I am talking about you). For me,  I am just trying to hold on to the family traditions.

With a new grandbaby in my near  future, I decided to dust off the quilting skills that I learned many years ago and make a baby quilt.  The year I got married, before kids, I took a year long quilting class where we made a full size sampler quilt totally by hand.  No sewing machine stitches on this quilt anywhere.


As you can see in the photo below it is a very used loved quilt….


I have been inspired by some very bold graphic quilts I have seen on Pinterest so I knew I wanted to start with a chevron pattern.  I came across a youtube video by the Missouri Star Quilting company that detailed how to make the chevron pattern for a full size quilt. To view that tutorial click here.  I thought I could probably adapt these instructions to a baby quilt so I got out the graph paper and started cyphering.  Since that first quilt I made, I have not used a pattern on any other quilt, just a drawing that helps me visualize how to assemble it.


The first thing I did was cut 12-10″squares out of each color fabric.  The tutorial mentioned making a “layer cake” which is a term I had not heard before.  Basically it means sewing one square of each fabric together around all four edges.



At this point I had 12 “layer cakes.”  The next step was to cut each “layer cake” diagonally both ways.  That creates 4 half square triangles per “layer cake” or 48 half square triangles in total.



In the next step I sewed 6 half square triangles together to make a row.  I repeated that until I had 8 rows.


Now you just attach your rows together until you have the pattern you want.  Once the rows are attached you are complete with the quilt top.   An easy way to assemble the quilt top to the batting and backing for a baby quilt is to tape the backing to a large table, making it as tight as possible.


Then layer on your batting and quilt top.


Once you have the quilt assembled you can either baste it or pin it.  I have used both methods but since this was small and I was going to hand quilt it, I basted the layers together.  Pins get in the way when you put the quilt in the quilting frame.  At this point it was getting close to my daughter’s shower and I really needed to get done so I totally forgot to take pictures of the hand quilting or binding.  There are literally hundreds of tutorials on youtube showing you how to quilt and make your own binding and I am sure they do a much better job at explaining than I do.  I did remember to take a picture of the finished quilt before I wrapped it for the shower.


This was actually a fairly quick and easy quilt to make.  I am thinking about making a full size version to use in my basement for winter TV watching! I should have that done when I am about 80!