Monday, April 18, 2016

An April Finish

The little quilt made for a baby shower later this week is finished, the binding completed in a round of Sunday slow stitching late yesterday afternoon.

Made for a much-hoped for daughter of a young friend at our church who had lost several pregnancies in the past couple years, our celebration on Saturday will be a joyful day indeed!

I played around with some photographs in the early morning light - yes that is frost in the background.

A closer look

This little scrappy quilt was made of 4-1/2 inch squares each bordered by 1-1/2 inch strips of alternating white and pastel fabrics, all of which came from my stash and scrap bins.  It is simply quilted in the ditch around each focus square and again around the block borders.  I can see this becoming my go-to pattern for quick and easy baby quilts, it's so much fun to find colorful pieces in the stash to add to the stack of  4 1/2 inch squares waiting to be stitched together.

After washing the quilt finished at 35-1/2 by 41-1/2 inches, large enough for a newborn to wrap up in, and small enough that a toddler can easily drag it around the house and use it for playtime.  The batting is Hobbs Polydown, my favorite for baby quilts.
Today all the little seedlings we've been raising under the lights need to be transplanted into larger plastic cups, and the spring mesclun mix and leaf lettuce will go into box planters to place on the deck on warm sunny days but brought under cover easily when frost is predicted.  In our area there can be frost right up through Memorial Day but some homegrown greens in our salads before then will be much appreciated!

I hope you're enjoying a warm and sunny Monday.


Janet O. said...

A lovely finish on the baby quilt!
We get late frosts in May, too. There is a lot of hurried covering of tender plants when we hear the evening forecast that there is a frost warning. : )

Dana Gaffney said...

That is such a happy quilt, the colors make me smile. I can see the the child picking out her favorite blocks too. :)

Kyle said...

Your baby quilt is a sweet and simple plan. I can see where it would be a good one to make. Hope you don't mind if I file this great idea way for future use. :0)

Needled Mom said...

That is so pretty. The colors and fabrics are so cheery for a little one.

Debbie said...

Great finish!! Love your outside photo that shows the frosted yard.

Barbara said...

Oh gosh...very pretty! Love all those colors.

Rebecca in AK said...

Such a sweet baby quilt! Mom is going to love it. I sure hope all goes well for her.

audrey said...

Great finish! It looks like a keeper for sure.:) Lucky Mom!

Ruth said...

Darling baby quilt! I love the way you put it together!