Hello! Glad to have you back. Today, I’ll be sharing with you the second part of how I made my baby quilt. Part 1 focused on making the design, getting the fabric ready and sewing the front of the quilt. Today, I’ll show you how I made the quilting pattern and finished the item.
We left off with a completely finished from piece.
From here, the next step is to “sandwich” the fabrics together. You want to align the front of the quilt, then the batting and finally the back fabric. Lay they nice and taught.
This is when I cut the excess batting and back fabric.
Pin and pin and pin some more. You want to make sure that the three pieces of fabric stay together while you quilt them.
To make the quilting design, you have a few options. I decided to go with a zigzag pattern. At first, I meant to measure and mark a grid on the fabric, but after thinking about it a little more, I figured I could use the back fabric as my guide. It’s a gridded dot design, so I just marked the dots that would be my transition points (6 down and 5 across).
Start from one end of the quilt to the other. When switching directions, it’s important to make sure the needle is inserted through the fabric before lifting up the presser foot. Then carefully rotate the fabric, so the needle doesn’t break. Put presser foot back down, sew and repeat until pattern is done.
By the end of my fabric, I couldn’t do a full pattern, so I just sewed along the edge of the fabric for these sections.
Your quilting pattern is now done!
For the edge, you’ll need to iron your 4” strips in half.
Then, fold each side into the middle crease and iron.
Finally, fold that in half and iron once again. The ironing makes sewing the binging a lot easier.
Sew the binding around all the edges of the quilt.
Make sure to fold corners in cleanly.
Also, when joining to separate strips, sew one underneath and the top one should get folded to eliminate raw edges.
I decided to do two side by side strips of stitching.
That’s it! The quilt is finally done.
I loved loved how it turned out and I must say it wasn’t bad at all for a first stab at quilting. Pretty proud of myself on this one.
Can’t wait for Baby Ayers to use it! At least Boone seems to enjoy it!
Hope you enjoyed this and that it inspires you to create something awesome soon!