Whilst piecing the log cabins this week my next project was already in the planning stages in my head. I really wanted to sew something quick and easy, with instant results.
Here is what I started Friday afternoon: a baby quilt. I enjoy piecing with linen at the moment, and chose to use a linen/cotton blend fabric in natural color tone, together with blue/green cotton fabrics for this quilt.
It is just a simple patchwork layout made out of 3 inch squares. 14 rows in the length and 11 rows to make up the width. The finished size of the quilt is 35 x 28 inches. (The finished size of each square is 2.5 inches).
This layout allowed for some strip and chain piecing. That is, some quick piecing with instant results. (It usually takes a lot longer to choose fabrics!)
I also pieced the back of the quilt, in part because I don't generally have pieces in my fabric stash big enough for a backing, but also because I enjoy making up and designing the back. This is what I made using the leftover linen from the quilt top.
I basted the quilt Friday night. Basting is probably my least favorite part of the the process. But because it is just a small quilt I was able to baste it on the dining room table rather than the floor. That sure helps a lot.
I quilted this baby quilt again with straight lines just a quarter of an inch inside each square, running from edge to edge, both horizontally and vertically. This photo show the detail of the quilting lines.
I used 100% Cotton batting from Matilda's Own.
The finished size of the quilt is 28 x 35 inches.
Even though it is just the start of Autumn in Australia, I have decided to call this quilt Spring. The colors are so cheerful and remind me of everything Spring. Green grass, sunny days with blue sky. Lucky you!
It has been a busy week, with so much sewing going on that there has been a lot of neglect of the other things that I should have been doing! I am suffering quilter's guilt.