Baby Quilt | By Sasha Elliott
October 11, 2017
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Baby quilts are one of my favorite things to make. They’re quick & (usually) easy and always a hit at baby showers. I recently made one for my brother-in-law’s sister, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

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I scoured her Pinterest boards for ideas. She had a lot of buffalo check & outdoorsy things pinned to her baby board, which made it really easy for me to pick out a few fabrics. I found this amazing beaver fabric that I knew had to go into the quilt. I feel like a lot of woodsy quilts can start to look the same, so I wanted to find something unique that still fit the theme. Who knew it’d be beavers that fit the bill? I ended up choosing three other fabrics for the quilt top:
Deer print

Wood grain print

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The other one is a white plus sign print on a light gray background; I’m not able to find it on Fabric Worm’s website anymore, but it’s an easy pattern to find from other manufacturer’s or distributors.

Flannel was an obvious choice for the backing. I opted for a Robert Kaufmann flannel (I also couldn’t find this on the website) from Fabric Worm. Any plaid flannel would do though.

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I decided to do a nice, easy pattern, so I chose to do 5-inch squares. The quilt top came together super quickly and was smooth sailing. Honestly, the whole thing came together really easily. Once I got the quilt top together and made my quilt sandwich, I quilted it all together. I’m fairly new at quilting in this respect since I usually tie my quilts (the come out fluffier), but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It was really easy to do since I just followed my seams on both sides — yay for straight(ish) lines!

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One thing I should mention about my baby quilt making process is I always do it at the last minute. I was finishing this with literally minutes to spare. But that’s when things went awry. I struggled so hard with the binding on this. I used a navy cotton and made my own bias strips for the binding, which was easy peasy. As I was sewing it though, I managed to run out of bobbin thread, break 3 needles & for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to attach the two ends of the binding (even though I’ve done it before). So let’s take a moment to appreciate that this bad boy arrived the baby shower complete.

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I normally like to hand stitch the binding to finish off the quilt, but since I was pressed for time I obviously used my machine. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the finished product.

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