Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Little Folks Baby Quilt

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!
Rita

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19 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt!! Any little girl would be so lucky to have this!

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  2. Gorgeous! Since I often make baby quilts for friends/family that live here in Arizona, I may have to try some of this fabric.

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  3. Just lovely! Lucky little girl :)

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  4. One of the most beautiful baby quilts I've ever seen. I can only imagine how soft and lovely it feels!

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  5. What a sweet quilt for a little girl! Love the fabrics, too!

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  6. Another beauty, Rita. Lovely photographs of those edges!

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  7. I love the fabrics and I am sure little girls loves even more ;) Regards from Finland

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  8. That is a lucky baby,
    getting this lovely quilt!

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  9. I love this quilt...great fabrics and colours

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  10. A gorgeous finish on the quilt! =D

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  11. Very cute quilt, even is the baby girl has already thousand of quilts! I love the colors, and nice fabrics that didn't loose their colors!

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  12. Really lovely!! One very lucky baby!!

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  13. Oh Rita, It is gorgeous!! Such a wonderful surprise to see this after a night of constant feeding! Thankyou xx

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  14. Thanks for the informative and helpful post, Rita. I have been wondering about the benefits of using voile. Now I feel confident about experimenting myself. Also LOVE the no-binding look!

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  15. Cherished quilt for Olive. You do loving work. cmt

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  16. Cherished quilt for Olive. You do loving work. cmt

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  17. Gorgeous! Some of my favorite fabric. How big is it?

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  18. I love this baby quilt! So cute, destined to become an heirloom :)

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