Monday, February 2, 2015

Another UFO Finished


The last time I was in St. Louis for a quilt retreat I got by one of my favorite quilt shops, Janie Lou, and bought these great fabrics for a baby quilt.  Friends  of ours will be having their first grand baby this coming July, and since he's an engineer for Boeing I thought this line would be perfect.  
























I decided to use the pattern "Colorblock" by Bijou Lovely.  


The backing turned out to be an interesting experience.  I used some of the leftover fabrics as I often do, along with the white..... 

























.....but when I laid it out to baste it, I discovered that for some reason, the backing was too small.  Drat!  Have you noticed that fabric is not as wide as it used to be?  You could always count on it being 44/45" wide, and now you're lucky if it's 42" wide.  I think I was using the 44" number when I was figuring out how to cut the backing.

















Seems like I've been ripping out a lot of stitching lately.  
























This is what we quilters call a "design opportunity."  Back to the drawing board, or I guess I should say back to the design wall.  I actually like this one much better.
























I set out to quilt it by hand and had a terrible time needling through that white fabric.  In the areas where I would have to quilt through two layers of the white fabric I just machine quilted instead.  This is the first quilt on which I have ever combined hand quilting and machine quilting.























Anyway, the quilt is done and ready for baby.  This may be the earliest I have ever had a baby quilt ready!





























5 comments:

Mimi said...

I think it turned out really cute. Now...just make a few more baby quilts to have on hand and you will really be ahead of the game.

Emily Carroll said...

i love the simplicity of the front and the back combined. they work perfectly together, and the colors are just great. congrats on knocking out a UFO!

rita said...

Sandy, Love this finished project! I just bought some 90 inch legacy muslin to use on the back of a baby quilt and found it was very difficult to pin through. I was going to hand quilt the project, but when I tried the first couple stitches, it was really tough. I ended up machine quilting it. Pretty sure the bolt was mismarked.

Dar said...

Congrats on such a cute baby quilt. I like how you "saved" the backing. Nice going for getting ahead of the game so early.

PeggyinNO said...

Love your fabric choices! Cute pattern= cute quilt!