Thursday, October 29, 2015

Star Bright Baby Quilt

I love me some baby quilts! After minis, they are the near-instant gratification of quilting projects. And this great pattern by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter is particularly quick and easy while still being absolutely adorable. Follow the link and check out Amy's two versions. They are darling! I was inspired to look through my own stash to find some fun brights and low volume sweetness to put together "Star Bright" for a friend's brand new baby girl.


This star can be made with 10 inch squares or fat quarters. It's also a good one to throw in a few of those larger scale prints like these fun tea cups that I've been saving for a while:
I also included a solid to give the eyes a place to rest and to showcase the quilting design. I stitched cowardly feathers (they're spineless) in each star point. 
A quilting tip - if you know one area of your quilt is going to show the quilting more than the rest - stitch that area last. It will give you a chance to practice and prefect the design in the less noticeable regions. 
The quilt finished at 41 inches square and was quilted with my favorite threads - Superior Threads Magnifico and Sew Fine. Can't beat that stuff!
Two fun things here: my border was fairly narrow but I didn't let that stop me from quilting a much larger border swirl chain. Letting it spill into the center of the quilt worked because I had all low volume prints and the design was flexible enough to avoid quilting it on the star points. I also wanted just a wee bit of color to pop out of all that low volume background so I did a flange binding, also known as Susie's Magic Binding from 52 quilts in 52 weeks. It's a great way to machine bind (which I recommend on a baby quilt).
One last shot of my yellow star baby quilt. (I couldn't resist). Thanks for coming by today!

8 comments:

  1. Great tip about the quilting, I completely agree! Lovely finish, and I hope it is well used and loved.

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  2. I've got to try to make a quilt with an oversized block - it looks awesome. And the quilting... Maybe when I grow up I will do such a nice job! derussell22@gmail.com

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  3. Oh that is a good tip about the quilting. I've never progressed much beyond swirls, but I have plans for some stylised waves in my next finish!

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  4. Very nice. Great collection of fabrics. Your work is beautiful.

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  5. Very nice quilt. This is a great pattern. I have one made that I just need to sew the binding on. That is certainly a great quilting tip that I definitely agree with. Love your feathers on this quilt.

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  6. cowardly feathers ~ haha :D Great job!

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  7. Great post. Thank you for the inspiration.

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