I wanted to make a baby quilt this season for a challenge and this was the perfect TIME to make my SNUGGLE TIME baby quilt. This one measures 40"X48", rather large for a baby quilt but great for two people on the couch to snuggle.
I started by choosing how I wanted to lay out my colors - white, gray, green, and yellow, then I cut out 3 1/2" strips of fabric so I could cut out squares, laid them out in a pleasing pattern, and stitched them together. I put 9 on the short side and 11 on the longer side.
I saw a quilt with the moon and stars on it and wanted to make mine similar to that so I cut out yellow stars and a moon out of a brighter yellow fabric than in the quilt. I sewed the star pieces together, cut an opening in the back and turned them inside out so I did not have raw edges on a quilt that would be washed often. I turned over the edges on the moon (since I did not have enough scrap left of the yellow to sew onto the backside) and added a piece of cotton batting to the back side so you couldn't see the fabric squares through the moon. I added a white fabric border around the quilt top.
I saw some quilts recently with stitching on both sides of the seam line, so instead of stitching in the ditch, I tried that method. I will probably not do that again since you have to stitch twice as many rows to get the quilt sewed together that way. Who did this first anyways? I'd like to ask them "what were you thinking" and "why didn't you tell everybody else what a pain in the butt this was". I say again, I will probably not be doing that method again.
Plus my tension must have been off on my top thread because I had to rip out 5 rows of stitching since the backside had tufts of thread hanging off it. I knew there was something off a few rows into the stitching but I thought nothing of it until my thread jammed and I had to look at the back. My bad, next time I will know to check often, and if something is looking strange to stop and check it out. The funny thing is I watched alot of videos lately to get some tips and that same problem was one of the tips - oops guess he was right.
I was going to put on a binding, but I also saw a video lately about using the backing fabric to fold over to make a self binding quilt, so I did that. Little tricky with the stitching so it didn't pucker but I kept on my walking foot to make it easier. Finished with a decorative stitch to make it look pretty.
I tried to get my grandson to cuddle up on the couch with it so I had a real cute picture to send into the Challenge but he wasn't cooperating. He did, however, hide behind it with my husband and I snapped a picture of him peeking around it. Thanks for looking at my crazy quilting page.