Baby Quilt: Blue and gray, stripes and plaid

I’m delivering my third baby quilt for Maggie’s Place this afternoon.  The recipient of this one requested blue, gray, white, plaid, and stripes.  I quilted it in wide wavy lines to soften the straight edges; the man of the the house said it reminds me of the ocean, which was nice of him to say.  I also quilted down the seam of every other stripe to reinforce it a little.  I ran out of the cloud-like flannel backing so added in a bit of the leftover sailboat fabric, which works with the ocean waves theme.  The finished quilt is 65″ x 46″.  (I’ve been making these “baby quilts” larger than traditional crib size for versatility as the babies grow.)

I enjoyed piecing this one with a new technique I hadn’t tried before that doesn’t involve much cutting.  I snipped into the fabric at the edge then tore it the rest of the way with a satisfying ripping sound.  (Just like they do at Mood on “Project Runway”!)  Each stripe is the width of the yardage, which varied between bolts so I evened them up with my rotary cutter after I’d sewn them together.  I expect to make other quilts like this again; the next one will have narrower stripes and a shorter width, maybe 35″ instead of 44″.  I also have a gray-heavy stack of pre-torn strips I didn’t end up using in this one.

Ha, I just looked up from my laptop and realized this quilt matches the afghan my mom knitted for me in colors I chose before I left for college, ten years ago.

January 10, 2010. Tags: , , . Pictures, Projects, Words.


  1. Mom replied:

    Baby play group quilt, you mean (ya, I know, more versatile). Was the mom there you made it for?
    I would think the strips would be way faster than squares? And look fine. Pretty soon you’ll have to make a quilt of all your left-overs! Looks great.

  2. Steph replied:

    I love it, the color scheme and the stitching lines remind me of the ocean. It makes me feel calm and serene, which is, I guess, a feeling any mother needs more of. 🙂

  3. Mom replied:

    Had to log on again, because as Steph says, the colors are very relaxing as are the wavy stitch lines- really like the combination 🙂 ahhhh peaceful.

  4. Gray & blue baby quilt « Rabbit Style News replied:

    […] was due in February, with extra blue and gray strips that I didn’t end up using for another baby quilt.  I had the top pieced, sandwiched, and quilted by the end of January.  All it needed was a […]

  5. thecraftypioneer replied:

    Reblogged this on thecraftypioneer and commented:
    A lovely quick baby quilt.

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