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.
It began with a very simple design that that consisted of all half square triangles (HST). Simple, straightforward, and modern in design.
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!
My work space at the time and I am ready to press all the fat quarters before cutting.
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.
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.
Leftovers! Wahoo! Love this as it will make beautiful Little Quilts in the near future.
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.
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!
All HSTs are cut through the middle! It’s moving forward quickly!
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.
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?
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.
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.
Binding is attached and hand sewn onto the back.
Oh, Madi’s second birthday party and time to open presents with Momma!
All tucked in playing peek-a-boo before a good naptime!
What a delight and perfect match with Princess, bedroom, and nighty-night time.