I just finished this quilt as a gift for a baby shower we will be attending on Saturday. I had a lot of fun picking out the colors and putting the quilt together for the soon-to-be mommy and baby.
There is an awesome little quilt shop that has wonderful fabrics to look through located in a town about 30 min. away. They also have tons of quilts, quilt tops and projects out for display to enable that creativity in you to take hold. Well, I remembered a quilt top that they had on display many months ago and the colors were just what I wanted. Unfortunately, after many stops at local material stores( only a little closer to me) I realized I could go no where else to get what I wanted. It isn't necessarily unfortunate, just meant a lot of running and I should have been listening to that still small voice telling me to go to the quilt store first...since I already knew they carried the color schemes I was looking for. :)
Thankfully, the material was still there and I was able to pick through to get what I wanted in a short amount of time. Since the pattern was one I had seen and then put together in my head of what I wanted it to look like we had to do a little math to decide on the ending measurements.
The store owner showed me this warm and fuzzy material I used for my backing a suggestion. My only request was that it was to be very soft.. it was for a baby. I was thinking of a flannel or soft sateen but this little furry velvet ( my feeble attempt at description) is indulgent. To quote my youngest daughter and husband... " Ohhhhh, this is so soft". I think my response was exactly like this. My daughter went on to say.. "Momma, will you make me a quilt with this?" And come to think of it, my husband did the same! ha!ha!
I knew I wanted the squares to be 6 inches so I cut 6 1/2 squares of each fabric and then for the fence rail blocks I cut 2 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. rectangles, then sewed them together to make my block .
It did not take long to sew my fence rail blocks together and then to piece the quilt as I wanted it to look. I actually drew the quilt on a piece of paper and colored it in to match the fabric.
Because of the backing and the terry cloth material (the white squares) I chose to tie the quilt with brown embroidery thread rather than quilt it. I personally like the bows vs the ties so this quilt has bows on it! I flipped the terry cloth fabric ( if you look you can see a design on it) so the design was going a different direction in each row. I did that with the fence rail blocks as well. In the first picture they are at the bottom left, it is hard to see them the way I laid the quilt for the picture but I wanted to show the back fabric. You can see the full quilt below on my table.
It turned out very nice and very soft! :) I hope the new momma will enjoy it.