Guess How Much I Love You…

…All the way to the moon and back!

I think Guess How Much I Love You has to be my favourite children’s book from when my kids were little, it had only just been published then and I loved sitting on their beds, snuggled under a quilt, reading the story to them. I’m going to be a great aunt soon (makes me feel very old, I used to have a Great Aunt Margaret and she seemed positively ancient!!) so of course I’m making a baby quilt. It didn’t take long for me to decide on fabrics as soon as I saw this range. I wanted a fairly neutral palette as we don’t know whether it’s a girl or a boy, so I avoided the pink colourway.

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I wanted a very simple pattern which wouldn’t detract from the cute hares on the fabric. I remembered a baby quilt I’d saved on Pinterest and luckily it was a link that actually went back to the original post on Lo, Ray & Me.

The pattern is very straight forward, initially I planned to stitch a wider strip of rectangles and then cut off the 6.5″ strip for the end, but the first fabric I cut I wanted to fussy cut so that idea went out of the window. I do like the two hares in the squares! The only cutting out problem I had was with the spotty fabric going down. The dots aren’t true to the grain along the width, which is how I was cutting it. After much thought I decided to go with the dots and keep my fingers crossed that being slightly off grain wouldn’t matter…

Everything went smoothly until I stitched that dotty length on, I couldn’t get the stripes across to match. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos at this point, but trust me, it may have only have been a good 1/4″ off but it looked really off! It took me a while to work out that somewhere along the dotty edge some stretching and waving had occurred. I spent a bit of time with my ripper and started that bit again. I decided it was a mixture of two things, the off-grain situation can’t have helped, but also I’ve got into a bit of a bad habit when stitching plain borders on of not measuring the length, just carefully feeding it in and stitching it. I’ve always got away with it, ending up with nice flat borders. I think on the whole I must be fairly even when feeding the top and bottom layers under the foot. Not this time! I then measured my quilt and cut the border strip, pinned them together and stitched. It worked! I think I’ve learnt my lesson!

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I thought I had enough batting in my scrap box, but the piece was about 2″ too narrow, so I’ll have to finish it next week. I’m thinking of quilting the word Love or Baby down the dotty strip,maybe with a close stipple behind to make it stand out. I haven’t quite worked the rest out so any ideas welcome!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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12 Responses to Guess How Much I Love You…

  1. kathyreeves says:

    That is a sweet (and quick) quilt! The colors are bright yet neutral, very nice!

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  2. Deb says:

    Maybe do your love or baby in a different colored thread then the other quilting…

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  3. katechiconi says:

    How about quilting in the word ‘Sleep’? On the subject of piecing in long strips, I find that starching really helps prevent stretching and rippling, and yes, pinning 🙂

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  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    So sweet. Maybe the word peace. I think it will be lovely.

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  5. Pauline says:

    A lovely quilt for a baby.

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  6. nanacathy2 says:

    It’s very pretty, but wait till the baby is born then add the name.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Ah, I’m a practical Yorkshire woman, if you put a name on it can’t be used as a spare for a second baby!! I’m thinking of making a more personal twin size quilt when it gets big enough for a proper bed!

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  7. Catherine says:

    Such a sweet and beautiful gift. I’m sure it will be well loved!

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  8. So precious! I have a baby quilt to make as well and I love the simplicity of this. This will be cherished ~ Sharon

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  9. Christina says:

    Adorable ❤

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