Last week a quilting and blogging friend welcomed a sweet baby girl into her family. Even though I know that this is one baby girl who will be surrounded by much handmade and quilted goodness, I figured a girl can never have too many quilts.
My fabric of choice was Little Folks - Voile - by Anna Maria Horner. This fabric is buttery soft and fly-away light weight, and therefore perfectly suited for little ones as well as being suitable for a warm/hot climate.
This design is a repeat of earlier Little Folks Quilts made in 2010 (see here and here), although this time I decided to omit the binding. I have previously made quilts without binding using a "bagging out" technique by sandwiching the layers together, stitching around the outside edges, and then turning the quilt inside out through a gap left for this purpose. (See detailed tutorial here: A Quilt Without Binding).
I love the looks of these edges! So sleek and modern, but also colorful when contrasted with the backing fabric. I have used a 100% cotton batting, which is my standard batting of choice; it is a low loft, natural fiber, batting.
All of the images here are of the hand washed quilt (in a small tub with Soak Wash - a no-rinse gentle cleansing formula), and then tumble dried in a dryer on a normal setting. I anxiously waited for the quilt to come out of the dryer however could not have been happier with the result: the fabric stayed true to color (without color run) and a gentle crinkling of the quilt.
Super light weight - weighing in at less than 250 grams.
Happy Stitching indeed! This baby quilt is now making it's way across the country, and ready for sweet baby dreams, baby cuddles, snuggling, even nappy changes ....
Welcome to the world baby Olive!