A Quick Quilt

We have a baby due in our extended family in a few weeks time so I decided a couple of weeks ago to make a cot quilt. Time was of the essence as baby is in Australia and Granddad-to-be is coming over next weekend to the UK so I could post it down and he can take it over!

Fortunately last year I made an impulse buy of a very cute cot quilt panel, it was so lovely and I thought someone is bound to have a baby sometime…and they did!! Printed panels are perfect for a quick make as all you have to do is sandwich them, quilt and bind.

Baby quilt

I wanted to use fabric from my stash, so I picked a silver grey for the backing, it’s a nice gentle colour but quite practical as well! I decided to quilt it in a warm white, this was my first time doing FMQ on my new sewing machine, I took a deep breath and went foot free!! I started off on the middle speed whilst I got used to the idea of not using a foot pedal. I then remembered that the demonstrater at the show when I bought it said she actually found it easier on the fast speed…another deep breath and off I went!

free motion quilting

I did a fairly simple but new to me design of meanders with circles or loops. I’m fairly pleased with it – some of the circles are not very circular, but it’s not bad. There were a couple of bits where I wasn’t happy with the tension, so I undid it and restitched it, I think it was probably when I first turned the speed up!

Baby quilt

I bound it with a warm mid brown which nicely brings out the colours of the orangutans! I spent an evening hand-stitching the binding down and the quilt was finished. If I’d really put my mind to it I could have easily made it in a matter of hours,rather than the couple of days as I’m easily distracted!!

Today it went in the post. I put a little letter in saying it’s to be used and abused, I encouraged them to put it on the floor as a playmat, take it to the park for a picnic, throw it in the back of the car for a snuggle in long journeys, use it for a throw when they’re feeling poorly on the sofa. I’d rather it fell apart from use than sitting looking pretty on the shelf.

Baby quilt

Hopefully I’ll meet the new arrival at Christmas 🙂

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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14 Responses to A Quick Quilt

  1. katechiconi says:

    It’s very, very sweet, and I like your choice of quilting design, it’s not too flat, allowing the fabric to puff a little and make it extra snuggly. I agree that baby quilts should be used and loved to death, otherwise what’s the point? And in any case, here in Australia, they’re not quite so much for keeping a baby warm in the cot as more about a soft surface to lie or play on!

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  2. Deb says:

    Agree on the used and abused! Cute quilt.

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  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I didn’t know there was such a fabric. It is cute and I know the recipient will love it to tatters.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Wow, that was quick. I love that fabric!

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  5. tialys says:

    It’s so cute. Reminds me of the scene in Dumbo where all the mother and baby animals are together and then Dumbo gets taken away 😭. It is one of the (many) films I can’t watch any more.

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  6. tinaor says:

    Such adorable fabric!

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  7. claire93 says:

    a truly beautiful quilt that, hopefully, will be loved to bits!

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  8. Anita says:

    This is adorable 🙂

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  9. So cute! Gorgeous quilt that I’m sure will be well loved. Jenny xx

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  10. nanacathy2 says:

    What super panel, and you have assemlbed it together with your usual aplomb. Baby is very lucky.

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  11. Sharon says:

    Absolutely perfect! Print is adorable 🙂

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  12. What a sweet quilt, I love giraffes so that is my favorite image in the quilt!

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  13. Each square is so adorable. Sewn with love 🙂

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  14. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, what a lovely thought and gesture your letter to the family is. Of course, too many quilts get to look pretty and are left on the shelf, such a shame. This little cot quilt is beautiful, I hope it will be loved to rags by it’s new owner. Regards Mandy xx

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