Monday, January 28, 2013

A New Year, A New Finish

This little baby quilt began life as a 'block of the month' for the local quilt guild I recently joined.  I figured since I was already so far behind with this year's blocks, I would just take each month's block beginning with January and turn it into a baby quilt for the local hospital's Layette Project which our guild supports.  The January block was a snowball/nine-patch combination.
Using scraps from my stash and a portion of two charm packs picked up from the Traveling Stash box, this little quilt for a special Easter baby was completed over the weekend, my first NewFO for the year.
I machine quilted this using simple meandering loop and flower and leaf motifs learned during the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge sponsored by SewCalGal, using Aurifil 50 wt. cotton in both top and bobbin.  The back is another piece from my stash featuring lots of little ladybugs and tiny flowers.  Binding fabric is a light mottled batik with hints of most of the colors found in the quilt.
After cutting off all those triangles from the snowball blocks I just couldn't bear to throw them in the trash, so I'm thinking this little pile will become a doll quilt, in due time.  These little HST squares will finish at 1 inch.
Thinking babies this week ... my first baby was born 37 years ago today!  So hard to believe that many years have gone by ...


4 comments:

  1. How precious and so perfect for an Easter baby! Nice job! My first NewFO is also a baby's quilt, although it's a lot bigger than I planned. It, too will be done soon--the baby is due March 1 and the shower where I'll give it to her is Feb 23. I love having a deadline!

    Your HST doll quilt is a wonderful idea! Can't wait to see!

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  2. I love the combination of snowballs and 9-patch--and I love bonus HSTs!! : )

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