This past weekend I had the great joy of gifting my first quilt in more than a year and the first quilt completed on my new machine. It was even more special because it was for my beautiful little niece, Olivia Grace.
I fell in love with the marmalade fabrics at a quilt show this spring and when I heard they came in flannel cuts as well, I knew it was destined for a baby quilt. I stocked up on a few charm packs, bought ivory quilting flannel to pair with it and set off to complete 336 half square triangles (HSTs). After a little play, I decided to create a dutch pinwheel block with the HSTs and sketched up a quilt design.
The dutch pinwheels and diamonds in the sashing are outlined using stitch-in-the-ditch (SID) and all sashing seams were quilted SID. In the ivory sashing and ivory borders, I echo stitched 1″ lines. The quilting turned out pretty cool on the flannel backing.
I finished hand quilting the binding Saturday morning before we went to visit Olivia (now 4 weeks old) in the afternoon. Talk about cutting it close! I had never washed a quilt before gifting it, but knew it would be adorable a bit crinkly so I proceeded to take a billion pictures pre-wash and then about another million post-wash playing with all the settings on my new camera (Nikon d3200 – love! – it came just in time too!) Turns out, it crinkled just the right amount after washing/drying and the flannel washed up beautifully soft.
The backing is very simple – just 4 panels of the grey-lemon flannel pinwheel print from the collection. With a bit of planning, I managed to get a continuous pattern across the seams – who knew? The back also features my new quilt label and a corner name plate, hand-embroidered, with Olivia’s arrival info.
It took a few months to finish up, and learning to quilt on my new machine with flannel led to some difficulties, but I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
Time: 4 months
- 2 charm packs of Flannel Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics
- 2.5 yards of Super Softly Flannel in cream to match with charm packs for HSTs + sashing and borders
- 3 yards of Grey Lemon pinwheel flannel from the Marmalade collection for backing
- 1/2 yard of Strawberry Stripe flannel from the Marmalade collection for bias binding.
Quilting: by ME! on my Husqvarna Viking Freesia 425 home machine
Finished Size: 40″ x 52″
Gifting: In person, just folded nicely using the Tucked Quilt Fold tutorial
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And now a stream of photos from my “photoshoot”! (Side note: new camera = working out photog touch-ups so the color may seem a bit off in a few)