26 August 2016

Red Baby Complete!

Just in the knick of time I finished up the Red Baby quilt and a matching car seat quilt. They will both be going off tomorrow to await the arrival of my friend's baby in November.

For the blanket I did a fleece backing and straight line quilting using a zig-zag stitch. I also did a machine binding, so this was another quick finish.

The colors are a little off in this pic. It's brighter in person.

You can see the zig zags pretty well from the back.

I made this car seat quilt warmer than mine because my friend lives in Colorado and I heard it's cold there... I used a fleece backing and a layer of batting so baby should be toasty! Despite the small size of this quilt, the basic stipple quilting, and machine binding this was not a quick finish. All those tiny HSTs (each one finished at 1 inch) and the essentially double batting made for some thick seams even though I meticulously ironed them all open. I had quite a few problems with stitches skipping. Usually my strategy for FMQ stippling is to up the tension and floor it so I don't get eyelashing, but in this case I actually had to go slowly.

Thanks again, Panda! You are an excellent test subject.

I was pleasantly surprised with how well the points matched up. I guess all that trimming was worth it!

Linking to TGIFF hosted this week at Anja Quilts.


  1. Aw that's so cute! thanks for joining TGIFF!

  2. Sooo many HSTs! It looks awesome, though. Great job!