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it sings spring

quilt for Kaitlyn's babySpring means daffodils, warmer weather and no more snow, but for my friend Sandy, this year spring means the arrival of her first grandbaby! To celebrate, I made this quilt for the soon-to-be wee one. All signs indicate baby boy, but I played it safe with a gender-neutral theme–every baby likes animals.

IMG_1614I fell in love with this animal print and chose complementary fabrics from there. For the quilt’s design, I was inspired by the charm squares baby quilt pattern that Elizabeth Hartman generously posted on her website Oh Fransson. I decided that rather than using sashing strips between the pieced rows, I would use only the alternating rows of squares and rectangles (12 rows in all) and butt them up together. This made the quilt approximately 32” x 52″–large enough for a toddler bed and for building blanket forts.

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I backed it with an orange zigzag flannel–I have a real weakness for orange.

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I bound it with Quilter’s Linen by Robert Kaufman in Leaf. It sings spring.

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I wanted to quilt it using Amanda Jean’s honeycomb quilting technique; however, I couldn’t get my Bernina to do that. It’s not its fault–blame operator error. So I used Faith’s (at Fresh Lemons Quilts) wavy-line quilting. It meant a lot of quilting, but I am fond of the crinkly soft texture it creates, which becomes more pronounced with washing. Like a baby’s sweet cheek, it is irresistible to touch.

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2 thoughts on “it sings spring

  1. this is so cute!

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