Saturday, May 2, 2009

My church has a new quilting group that makes baby quilts for charitable organizations around the area. I joined the quilting group last week and finished my first baby quilt today. The fabric (and suggested pattern) was provided so this is not the fabric of my choice. In fact, this quilt contains different types of fabric, from cotton to cotton blends and polyester. Plus, the fabrics had very different thread counts. Fabrics that I would normally not combine in anything other than an art quilt or wall hanging.

Well, it is. It's about 36" x 36", which was a hint smaller than the size of the backing that I was given. It's a very simple 9-patch.

I did want to point out the way that I quilted this baby quilt. Because of the different fabrics and thread counts, and because a baby quilt that is actually used may get washed almost daily, I wanted to make sure that the seams held up to a lot of use. I used a narrow zigzag stitch to quilt the layers and to reinforce the seams. Hopefully, the fabric will actually wear out before the seams give way.

This is the back side of the baby quilt. The zigzag stitch (plus the slick polyester fabric) gives an unusual finish compared to normal quilting but I still think it was the right decision to help this quilt hold up to daily use.

Most importantly, of course, I pray that the child who receives this quilt will live a healthy and happy life!


  1. Dear quiltfriend,
    I got your mailadres from, and I have a question to you.
    My sister is, after an exiting period, finaly pregnant of her first baby.
    Now I would like to make a bright-colored quilt for her. To welcome the baby to this world
    with a quilt from patches from all over the world. I try to collect scraps of 12x12 cm (5x5 inch).
    Do you have a piece of fabric that may be suitable, perhaps you would sent it to me.
    I would really like to use it!

    Many thanks and warm greetings,
    Elizabeth Kremer
    Wedderweg 91
    9665 JM Oude Pekela

  2. Yes, Elizabeth....I'm sure I can find a suitable fabric to send you. Congratulations on becoming an Aunt!

  3. Elizabeth, what a wonderful idea for a quilt for your sister. The baby will be blessed to have such a wonderful aunt. I'll soon be a great-aunt and wish I had thought of this same idea.
    Patti (Jeanie's sister-in-law)