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Friday, 4 April 2014

Taylor's Quilt

The second of the baby quilts has been lovingly delivered and gleefully received.
I used the same selection of pre-cuts of Stof fabrics as in The Quilt Of Learning (Peppered Shadow Brights Maple Roll (2-1/2" strips). To get a random placement of colours in the blocks, I cut the strips into several shorter sections and shuffled them around a bit.The short strips were sewn together in pairs and then cut into 2-1/2" sections. This is much easier and faster than working with individual squares.
These 2-1/2"sections were sewn into 4 patch blocks which finish to 4".
The blocks were laid out 9 across and 8 down to give an unfinished measurement of 36-1/2" wide x 24-1/2" long. 
Stof Quilter's Shadow fabrics in yellow and red were used for the trim;  a yellow 6-1/2" x 36-1/2" was sandwiched between 2 red 3-1/2" x 36-1/2" strips.  Another 3-1/2" x 36-1/2"red strip was added across the bottom of the quilt. Letters from the Quilt Of Learning pattern spelled Taylor's name in red and purple.
Machine blanket stitch was worked in black thread around the letters.
The quilting was fun - lines and squiggles and curves.  I can picture giggles when she sees her quilt smiling back at her in the letter O.
 The squares were simply quilted in a continuous curve over the body of the quilt.
Choosing a thread colour made me pause for a moment, but I finally decided on a soft yellow 50 weight cotton (good and sturdy).
On the back I used a super soft flannel with little yellow ducks, and finished it off with a red binding.  I am told that month-old Taylor's favourite colour is red.
(If you are wondering about the strange watermark on the bottom of the photos...well so am I! Photoshop appears to be speaking Greek today!)
Unfortunately I didn't have this finished when Taylor came to visit us last week, but her Papa and GG have it now;  it will remain with them as a special quilt for Taylor for when she visits her great-grandparents.


  1. Karen this is the most BEAUTIFUL quilt I have ever seen! It is so bright and interesting that Taylor will have lots of chats with it. I love that you have her name on it , she will appreciate it when she gets older so its really more than just a baby quilt .I think the Happy face that you quilted in the O of her name was such a cute added touch.We love it and can't thank you enough :) Love Papa ,GG and Taylor

  2. Karen, that is such a fun quilt......and I know Taylor will love it!