Saturday, September 29, 2012

Boy Baby Quilt

I've made a few baby quilts over the years, but the majority of them have been for girls. Now it was time for a boy.
I found a really cute design, and decided to use red fabric as the contrast rather than a dark blue. The quilt shop had the perfect red in their Thomas the Train line. I made strip sets of the two fabrics rather than cutting individual blocks and then sewing them together. Such a timesaver. 
I tie almost all of the baby quilts I make. My mom helped me make this small quilt frame several years ago.
The first layer to go down is the back of the quilt, then the batting (cotton low loft), and finally the quilt top. Sometimes it's quite the process getting it all square on the frame by myself, but I eventually get it.
Then comes the tying. I usually use embroidery thread but have also used 100% cotton yarn. As I get each couple of rows done, they're rolled around one side of the frame to keep the fabric tight.

(Wow, the color is off on the walls. They're really bright yellow/gold.)

After the top is tied, the edges are trimmed up and the binding sewn on.
A name tag on the back finishes it off.

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