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Monday, September 12, 2011

Organic Striped Baby Quilt Pattern

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I am very much a beginner when it comes to quilting.  I am still a little intimidated by the process, but I feel like I am slowly getting there.  I decided that I wanted to make a quilt for a baby gift.  I knew I wanted to use organic material, so I found this adorable fabric at fabricworm.com. I fell in love with it instantly.  I did some sketching, some math, and finally settled on a plan.  I decided to do a simple striped quilt utilizing the whole width of the fabric. I used 7 different fabrics.  I already had the Michael Miller woodgrain fabric, which matched perfectly.  I ordered a half yard of all the fabric except the orange dot fabric that I used for the backing.  I used 1.5 yards of it.  I would suggest getting 2 yards of the fabric you are going to use for the backing though.  I had absolutely no wiggle room with the 1.5 yards.  I also had a yard of the woodgrain fabric so I used it for the binding. 

Here's the breakdown:
1 yard of the fabric that will be used as binding and for stripes
2 yards of fabric for backing and stripes
5 half yard cuts of various coordinating fabric

Finished Quilt Size: 40" x 50"
I wanted the stripes to be random widths.  I labeled the photo so that you can see the measurement of each stripe.  I used the width of the fabric selvedge to selvedge.  Then once the fabric was cut I trimmed the selvedge off and made sure they were all the same size.  The ended up being about 40" wide.

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I pieced the quilt top together.  Then I realized that I did not quite have enough for the backing so I added a stripe towards the bottom.  If you use 2 yards of fabric, you should be able to have the whole back solid though.
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Then I basted the top, batting, and backing together and quilted it. I lined up my walking foot on each of the seams and quilted along each side.

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I used a 2.5" strip for the binding.  I sewed the binding to the back by hand.  I really like how it turned out.  
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9 comments:

Maggie said...

So cute! I have recently becme obsessed with the idea of making a quilt (thanks a lot, pinterest!) and am always on the lookout for an easy o e to try. This is adorable!

carrie said...

Oh, Jen. The fabrics are gorgeous and I love the stripe on the back! It is a great, great quilt!!

Digital Scrapbooking Made Easy said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing this. :) If you get a chance, I'd love to have you link up to my party at http://scrapbookingez.blogspot.com/2011/09/one-stop-thursday-linky-party.html. Thanks again!

Karena said...

It's beautiful. I love strip quilts.

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Stacy said...

That is very cute! I bet whoever gets it is going to be a very happy camper. :) Oh, and you even did some hand sewing...good for you! Last week I did some hand sewing of hems (ick - tailoring!), and it takes so long but looks much better.

Rhiannon said...

Gorgeous! I love the mix of fabrics. I am clueless when it comes to putting fabrics together (unless they are all the same colour!) But yours look so cute together, and really well finished.

Karena said...

I know that I already commented, but I love this idea so much! I would love for you to share it on my link party this Friday at cookienut.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

This is gorgeous! Great job!

Connie said...

Looks wonderful! Great job.

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