Another Dr Seuss colourway

A few weeks ago I posted a quick and easy baby quilt made from Dr Seuss 6″ squares.  You can see that post here if you missed it.

Here’s a second version of the quilt, made for another dear relative who is due to have her first baby in August.  I think I am even happier with this version!  It was another mother-daughter effort.

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It’s the same basic concept – same size coloured patches, same number of coloured patches, but this time there is a 1.5″ white sashing between each coloured patch.

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What is great about that is that it gives each of the bright colours a bit of space to shine – and a moment for the eye to focus on each one before the next colour hits the eye.

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Backed in yellow Dr Seuss fabric that is nice and busy, it is bright and practical without being overwhelming.  The binding is a blue fabric with the head of The Cat in the Hat all over it.

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I hope it is well received!  I put it in the post for the lucky recipient on Friday, so it won’t be long until it adorns the nursery in its new home.  Now we just need that baby to arrive safely and enjoy it!

Have a great day,

jf

 

 

 

 

 

Super-quick baby blankets

Need a handmade baby gift in a hurry?  Try this:  the self-binding flannelette baby blanket.

The finished blanket

The finished blanket

Because it’s suddenly cold in Brisbane (and really – how often does that happen!?) I’ve been inspired to whip a few up.

I learned how to do this courtesy of Jenny Doan at the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  She has a video tutorial on how to do it, which you can access here.  If my instructions ever don’t make sense, her video will!

Here’s the basics.  Cut two squares of flannelette:  one 30″ square, the other 40″ square.  Fold each side in half to mark the middle point with a pin.

Pins marking the middle point of each edge.  Then, lay the fabric right sides together, and line up the midpoints of each piece of fabric.

Pins marking the middle point of each edge. Then, lay the fabric right sides together, and line up the midpoints of each piece of fabric.

Lay the two pieces of fabric right sides together with the edges lined up, and also line up the pins that mark the midpoints.  Sew the two pieces of fabric together along each edge, leaving a hole on one side to be able to turn it through later.  Importantly, start and stop sewing each side 1/4″ before the end of the smaller piece of fabric.

This is how it looks once you've sewn the edges together.

This is how it looks once you’ve sewn the edges together.

When you’ve done that, there should be floppy bits of the bigger piece of fabric at the corners.  You need to use these bits to make mitred corners. Fold out the floppy bit by lining up the side seams and smoothing it out.  Use a ruler to mark a line that runs 45 degrees from the point where the seams line up.  (I hope that makes sense).

Mark, sew and cut the floppy corners!

Mark, sew and cut the floppy corners!

When you have done that, sew along the line, then cut off the floppy bit 1/4″ from the seam, on the pointy side.

After snipping off the corner...

After snipping off the corner…

It mightn’t look like it yet, but you have just mitred the corner.  It’s at this point that your efforts to leave the 1/4″ gap at the end of each of the side seams will pay off.

Your whole item should look a bit like this:

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Now is the time to use the hole you left earlier to turn the blanket the right way around.  When that’s done, give it a press.

Turning it through.

Turning it through.

Sew in the ditch between the two different fabrics.  You can use a straight stitch, but I used a blanket stitch that I thought looked quite nice.

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Take the ends of the thread and use a needle to tuck them into the fabric so your blanket stitch doesn’t unravel.  The project is complete!

It’s the perfect thing to make for visiting a friend with a new baby.  Bring one with you. Of course, you can also bring food.  All new mothers love it when people bring food.  When I had just had my little girl, I think I nearly squealed with delight when a guest brought a lasagne!

jf

Easy pinwheel baby quilts

I love to give quilts to new babies.  Now that I’m getting older (sigh!) there’s a lot of new babies around!  Accordingly, I’ve had to find fast ways to produce these gifts.

Here’s a quilt top you can have assembled in an hour.

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It’s as easy as this:

Choose 9 squares from a layer cake.  I chose pink and yellow shades from  ABC Menagerie by Abi Hall for Moda.

Cut 9 squares that are 10″ x 10″ of your contrasting fabric.  I used a white fabric with a faint floral damask pattern to it.

Put one coloured square and one contrasting square together in a stack, right sides together.  Do a 1/4″ seam all the way around the edge of the stacked squares.  When that’s complete, go to your cutting table.

Use a ruler and rotary cutter to slice your sewn squares diagonally.  You will get 4 half-square triangles from this process.

This is an idea I picked up from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  They have a great video that shows you this method for making half-square triangles if my instructions aren’t clear.  Check it out here.

Press them, with the seam to go to the dark side of the half-square triangle.  Lay them out in the shape of a pinwheel.  Pin and sew into a 4 patch block, or one pinwheel.  Always use a 1/4″ seam.

When you’ve done this 9 times, you’ll have enough for the perfect size baby quilt.  Next time I do it, I’ll take some more photos for instructions.

It’s worth mentioning that this method produces half-square triangles that are cut on the bias.  That means they have a little stretch to them.  Some people don’t like that – but I don’t think it matters on a pattern this simple.  It also means the fabric has a little give in it, just in case you need to adjust your points a little to ensure your triangles have nice tips.

It works out to be around 48″ square.

Now all I have to do is baste, quilt and bind and I’ve got a present made for a friend of mine who is due to have a little girl in June.  I’ll have the whole thing done in about 3 hours, and I know that my friend will treasure it.

Give it a go!

jf