Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Sunny Rag Quilt

This baby quilt is another one of my daughter's summer projects:

This is her very first quilt (although she didn't put batting inside -- it was heavy enough -- so I'm not sure if it can technically be called a quilt).  Whatever you want to call it, it is very cute.  Here is a close-up of the fabric (all of which was purchased at our local Joann Fabrics).

I love the little birdies!  Also, if you look closer, you can see the yellow embroidery thread she used to tie the front and back together.  The fabrics on the front side are all flannels, with the seams on the outside and clipped, so that they will fluff up.

This picture shows the yellow minkee fabric on the back.

It's a very cuddly blanket.  My daughter loosely used these directions.  I say "loosely" because she took those directions and then did them her way.  First, she sketched her design out on paper and decided to use 6-inch squares of flannel.  She then sewed them together in rows, then sewed the rows together.  (I was surprised at how quickly she did all this.  My daughter is not plagued by my slowness:).  Then she cut the minkee to fit the back.  She decided against using a binding and instead just sewed the minkee all the way around, leaving a hole for turning.  She then turned it all right side out and sewed up the hole. Also, because the blanket was a good weight without the batting, she left it out.  Lastly, she opted to tie the blanket instead of quilting it.

Here it is displayed on the fence, piquing the curiosity of a couple of onlookers.

Let's move in for a closer look:

Oops!  A little too close!

Ahh!  The quilt is safely back with its maker:)

My daughter didn't get to keep it for long.  She made it for a baby girl at our church who has not yet arrived.  Hopefully, she (the baby) will spend many happy hours cuddled up with it:)


  1. That's very cute! I have the blocks cut to make a flannel baby blanket along these lines, but it hasn't come together nor are the fabrics as darling. Got to admire anyone who finishes a project!

  2. That fabric looks very soft -- perfect for a baby :) The birdies are adorable! Her color choice is nice too. Great job! And you know -- often babies don't need or want a heavy quilt. My babies were born in Mississippi, and many friends gave me blankies for them that were made simply of sheet fabric, nice and light for those hot summer naps.

  3. What's that old saying? If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it is a duck! Well, it looks like a very beautiful QUILT to me. The fabric is just so sweet. I'm sure the baby will love it - in fact it will probably end up one of those adored quilts that small children drag around the floor with them because they can't bear to be parted from it :)

  4. Wow - lovely quilt - especially for a first time. Lovely.

  5. It's great to hear about her self-confidence. She does it her own way, and the results are beautiful!

  6. This is a great project...such charming fabrics! I am certain that the recipient will love her quilt, as will the recipient's mother! Your daughter is quite the seamstress. (The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.) :)

  7. That does seem to me a blanket that a little child would love - I myself think it very appealing, the flannel and the colors and extra cushiness from the fray-able seams. It's a very encouraging first quilt, I should think!

  8. Thank you ladies. I do hope the quilt gets lots of love from its little owner:)

  9. This is just beautiful. So lovely to see your daughter following in your creative footsteps. You must be so proud.

  10. That is so pretty! I'm sure the baby is going to love it.


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