Madison’s Baby Quilt!
4.15.2015

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Beautiful little Madi needed a beautiful little baby quilt for her beautiful little bedroom… it is her second birthday by-the-way. Truly, a princess in the making and darling to the nines, she is quite fashion forward you know. Just look at that hairstyle! Madi is my Daughter-in-law’s niece and without a doubt gift to our families.

Madison Quilt Design

It began with a very simple design that that consisted of all half square triangles (HST). Simple, straightforward, and modern in design.

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Her little space is soft grays and pinks, hence, the fabric choices. Soft, gentle, and feminine just like our little Princess. As well it should be!

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My work space at the time and I am ready to press all the fat quarters before cutting.

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I cleared the space for layering FQs and cutting squares.

Four FQs are layered at a time and no more as the FQs slip when being cut, although a very sharp blade helps to keep fabric still. Cutting fabric for a quilt is SO important and it’s imperative the cutting is accurate. I consider this a ‘rule’ in quilting.

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All fabric is cut into 6″ squares. Since it will be HSTs and nothing else, all I have to do is make sure all the squares are the same size. Easy peazy! I’m not sure how many squares I’ll need at this point, but I can make more if needed.

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Leftovers! Wahoo! Love this as it will make beautiful Little Quilts in the near future.

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One evening I sat in front of the TV with a movie and cutting board (as it is a bit rough like sandpaper) and drew all my lines 1/4″ on each side of the center. Sandpaper is great for this as it holds the fabric in place while the pencil is traced across it.

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The stitch lines are sewn slightly toward the center of each drawn line, perhaps a pencil width between the stitch line and the pencil line. It’s called a scant 1/4″. It allows room for the fold when opening it up and pressing. You wouldn’t think a little fold would take up that much space, but if you do lots of HSTs as in this project, cumulatively, there is significant loss of fabric. The accuracy of the scant 1/4″ is another one of my rules and the last of rules for me. I only have two and they are both listed here. The rest are guidelines as creativity mustn’t be hampered. Never!

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All HSTs are cut through the middle! It’s moving forward quickly!

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All HSTs are pressed to the grey and separated out by fabric. They are now ready to sew together. By-the-way, I didn’t need anymore HSTs.

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I got so wrapped up in the process that I missed taking pictures. The process is what I love. So, here we are with all the HSTs assembled to create the image on the computer screen at the top. The only difficult part of the construction is making sure all the HSTs are turned properly to create the design. I’ve been quilting for 40 years and still make mistakes. As I was quilting, and near the bottom of the quilt, I discovered this mistake. Do you see it?

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The HST to the right of the center is turned wrong. To compensate for this error, I quilted as though it was turned properly, continuing the quilting design and perhaps confusing the eye enough that it would be easily missed. At this stage of the process it was unreasonable to take the quilt off the longarm, take the HST out and turn it, sew it back together, and reload the quilt to finish a few more inches. I decided it was my ‘humility’ block. The block that will always remind me that I’m not perfect, and I’m OK with that.

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With the quilt unloaded, excess fabric around the perimeter is cut off and raw edges evened up ready for the binding. The backing is a flannel, a princess print perfect for our little royalty.

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Binding is attached and hand sewn onto the back.

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Oh, Madi’s second birthday party and time to open presents with Momma!

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All tucked in playing peek-a-boo before a good naptime!

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What a delight and perfect match with Princess, bedroom, and nighty-night time.

 


26 comments

  1. Trudy - April 15, 2015

    Beautiful! I love the grey and pink. What a lucky little girl!

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    • Mari - April 15, 2015

      Thank you Trudy. I hope she does love it for years to come.

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  2. Ann - April 15, 2015

    Cute design, lovely fabrics, and and lucky little girl!

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    • Mari - April 15, 2015

      Thank you Ann!

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  3. Becky - April 15, 2015

    Love this design and fabric choice…so modern!

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    • Mari - April 15, 2015

      Thank you Becky. I’m not a modern person, however, who cannot love pink?! I am very fond of this quilt.

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  4. April Blood - April 15, 2015

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thanks Humility blocks are the best part of a quilt.

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    • Mari - April 15, 2015

      Thank you April! Yes, I agree about the Humility Block. It’s good for the character!

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  5. Mary - April 15, 2015

    This is really a nice pattern – semi-traditional with a modern flair.

    Question – after sewing the HST together, we end up with a 5-1/2″ square block, correct?

    Thanks for all you do, and do so well!

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    • Mari - April 15, 2015

      Mary, thank you! Well, technically it should be slightly larger but who’s going to quibble over 1/8″.

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  6. Linda Christianson - April 15, 2015

    Pretty, pretty love the quilt and especially the quilting.

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    • Mari - April 16, 2015

      Awe, thank you Linda. I’m glad you enjoyed the quilt. It was truly enjoyable to make, but especially give.

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  7. Beverly - April 15, 2015

    LUV the off center and have enjoyed Barn Raising before. Coral and taupe could be new and suttle. Fresh!

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    • Mari - April 16, 2015

      Beverly, thank you! I think your idea of coral and taupe is super and definitely worth a go at…

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  8. Mary Alice - April 15, 2015

    I love it Mari! Such gorgeous fabric choices!

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    • Mari - April 16, 2015

      Thank you Mary Alice!

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  9. Judith - April 16, 2015

    Your darling little “package” now so beautifully wrapped! Adorable.

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    • Mari - April 16, 2015

      Awe, what a lovely way to put it Judith! Thank you!

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  10. Judy P - April 16, 2015

    My granddaughter is 6, going on 18!! and seems to think she is quite the grown up. Her choices for her bedroom makeover were grays, yellows, and white. She will still have some “little girl” accents in the little flowers that her mom is painting. Her quilt that I am making is a chevron with grays, yellows, white, and some prints with those colors. Almost all from CT, of course!! 🙂

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    • Mari - April 16, 2015

      Judy, I love grey and yellow together! Her room sounds delightful and full of fun! How kind of you to love her in that way!

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  11. Mary Dowell - April 16, 2015

    Mari, I love the quilt and the adorable little princess!

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    • Mari - April 16, 2015

      Awe, thank you Mary 🙂

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  12. Kathleen - April 16, 2015

    Such a pretty little girl. I love how she’s holding her hands in the first picture! I can tell she loves her new quilt.

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    • Mari - April 17, 2015

      Oh, Kathleen, that pic is one of my favorites. I had so many beautiful pics of her it was hard to narrow them down! Thank you for your comment!

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  13. Joy Gross - April 16, 2015

    Mari, That quilt is so beautiful, and so is Madi. I wish I had a baby to make a quilt for.. I would make this one for sure.

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    • Mari - April 17, 2015

      Awe, thank you Joy 🙂 you are awesome. Eventually you will have another baby in your family 😉

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