Thursday, February 16, 2017

Splashy Fish

It's definitely a BRIGHT one!
I created a "Splashy Fish" Baby Comfort Quilt this week for the Project Quilting Challenge.

I started with this arrangement....

Then I swapped out a few blue squares and added in some minkee squares.

I started sewing it together row by row. 3/8" seam allowance works best for me with all the different fabrics.

After the quilt top was assembled, I pressed it. I use a press cloth as the heat of the iron melts the minkee fabric. I use steam to press through the press cloth to flatten the quilt top. A piece of flannel fabric is a perfect choice for a press cloth.

I made tabs or taggies for the edges of the quilt. I stitched them closed. I make an odd amount (9 or 11) in assorted sizes.
They can be made by pressing the raw edges inside or sewing a tube and then press in half and stitched closed.

I stitch the raw edge of each tab to the raw edge of the quilt top. See the photo.

Next, lay the poly batting on the bottom with the backing fabric and quilt top right sides together. That way I can see that I have everything lined up as I stitch through all 3 layers. I pin the layers together and then stitch all the way around leaving a 6 inch opening on one end, where there are no tags. 3/8" seam allowance.

Trim the corners to take out some bulk.

Here's the opening.

Turn right side out through the opening. Poke the corners out. Flatten and smooth with your hands.

Then press with a steam iron. Important: I use a press cloth as the heat of the iron will melt the minkee fabric. I use steam to press through the press cloth to flatten the quilt.

I pin with safety pins so the layers don't shift while I quilt it.

First I stitch the outside edge.

Next I stitch (quilt) it. I didn't use a walking foot, but that probably would make it easier to quilt. 

My finished baby comfort quilt measures 16" X 22".

It's the perfect size for in the car or in a buggy. Babies love the soft fabrics and the tabs on the sides. 

Backside of the baby quilt.

I created my quilt for this week's project quilting challenge. I am linking up at Persimon Dreams Blog. Hop over and check out all the colorful quilts created this week.

I created my baby comfort quilt for a customer.

I created this baby comfort quilt and matching bib for a customer too. I used vintage chenille.

This one and the next one were for customers too.

Thanks for following along!



Maria said...

Love the bright snuggley ones best.....I have that fishy fabric too.

PersimonDreams said...

very cute!

Trish Frankland said...

Those are adorable! And that chenille bib is precious