Baby Sashed Quilt

Once I found out I´m going to be a grandmother, the burning question was… Is the baby a girl or boy? While we waited for baby to grow a bit, so we could find out during the scan, I made a few items in greens and yellows, but what I really wanted to make, was a quilt for the cot. So as soon as we found out that baby is a girl, I jumped into action and bought the material.

I got some of the fabrics from IKEA, and some beautiful Tilda fabric.

I don´t really like to make major measuring decisions, I sort of just go along and see how things evolve 🙂 and when I figure it´s big enough I stop!

So here is how I made the quilt.

Cut strips of the various fabrics into 21 cm by 7 cm, allowing for 0.5 cm seams.

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Join the strips in batches of 3, using different strips all the time, the aim is to try to get as much diversity as possible, of course this all depends on how many different varieties of fabric you have.

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Once the strips are sewn together, cut them in 2 horizontally, so you land up with 3 strips of smaller blocks.

And then mix and match these smaller strips with others and sews 3 of them together to form a new block.

Because I didn´t know which strips I was going to join together, I ironed all the seams open.

This little tool you see here, is actually a black head remover that I bought from Avon! But I find that it works brilliantly as a sewing helper in keeping the seams open during sewing. 🙂

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Cut the strips for the sashing, which in this case are 17cm x 7cm (which will allow for 1 cm seams) and squares for the corner blocks 7cm x 7cm.  sew  small squares to the white strips for the sashing between the rows, horizontal or vertical, whichever you prefer.

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I always try to chain piece as much as possible

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So you land up with a long string of sashing parts, then just cut the thread between each.img_1675

Once your blocks are sewn,  sew a strip of the white sashing to one side of the block, always add to the same side of the blocks, either the bottom or the lateral side

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Then add the  sashing  with the corner square to the block. I ironed the sashing seams to one side. Alway try to iron towards the dark side,  although sometimes  this isn´t possible.

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Here you can see the white sashing at the bottom of the blocks and on the top left corner, the sashing on the side already sewn to the block. In order to keep my blocks in the manner that I found most pleasing I pinned the number of the block to each, because I can easily get lost when I am busing sewing and ironing the seams.

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Once the blocks have the sashing,  sew them together to form rows, and then  sew the rows together.

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To the top and bottom row, sew a strip of sashing.

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Right…. So when you have the top all sewn….whew… must say, on my very basic sewing machine and sewing at night, it took me a while! But all worth it 🙂 ….Well now you know why my photos are sometimes quite dark, I mainly sew at night and also my sewing room is in an attic room with a smallish skylight window!

Cut the batting so that some of it is visible all around the top.

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And cut the backing so that is a little wider than the batting.

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Before joining the backing, I appliqued a square of fabric of Alice in Wonderland to the backing, just to make sure that baby always knows that Granny Alice made this quilt 🙂

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Then you have to make sure that the 3 layers are smooth using safety pins to pin, pin and pin, the more you pin the easier it is to keep the layers together without shifting during sewing.

I  quilted using zig zag stitching along the seams of the sashing, I love zig zag it´s so forgiving of little mistakes.

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Here is the top

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And here is the back.

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Next step is the binding, I wanted a little something extra before the final binding, so I cut  6 cm wide strips of contrasting fabric, joined the strips on the diagonal,  folded and ironed in half, just like a  binding strip.

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I sewed the strip to the front of the quilt, just like a normal binding strip, but I did not fold it to the back of the quilt. i left it loose on the right side

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I then made the binding 8 cm wide with the same fabric as the sashing squares and attached the binding to the quilt. For a great binding tutorial go to (https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/09/how-to-bind-quilts/ ) I left the batting around the quilt +- 4cm, so that when folding over the binding it had the fullness of the batting.

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Hand sewing is not my favorite thing,  but in this case it was the best option to sew the back of the binding to the quilt

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And there you have it. Baby quilt all done. Of course Hubby also had to do his bit, so his job was to hold up the quilt for the final photos 🙂 Now he wants all the credit!

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Well thats the quilt all done, now it just needs to be washed and placed in the cot, to wait for baby´s arrival….Cant´wait!!