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A baby quilt in progress

 

It’s always thrilling when my door bell rings, as surely there are books at my door! Quilting, knitting, crocheting and stitching books bringing new inspiration for colorways and design ideas to make my head spin. Recently I received By the Bundle by Australian fabric designer and quilter, Emma Jean Jansen.

 

By the Bundle, a new book by Emma Jean Jansen, sent to me by Thomas Allen Publishing. It’s filled with truly different modern quilt designs and certainly a lot of inspiration!
By the Bundle, a new book by Emma Jean Jansen, sent to me by Thomas Allen Publishing. It’s filled with truly different modern quilt designs and certainly a lot of inspiration!

 

This week mom and I accomplished a couple of things, we sewed our quarter square triangles in rows and completed the quilt top except for the two narrow edges. Mom wants to add a little border in alternating blue and cream patches. The cream squares will give us the opportunity to quilt with variegated thread with something interesting – stay tuned for the result next Sunday.

 

The quilt top finished except for the two narrow edges. Mom wants to add a little border in alternating blue and cream patches.
The quilt top finished except for the two narrow edges. Mom wants to add a little border in alternating blue and cream patches.

 

For this quilt, mom is in control of the design and all that’s involved in planning the baby quilt. She would like to apply the binding by flipping over to the front the backing fabric. We want to make the most of the fabric we have, so she’ll make a big block of cream that covers’ the bigger portion of the quilt back and then cut strips of the fun stroller fabric to the cream fabric and bring the stroller fabric to the front to bind.

This is an idea of what the backing will look like once we cut 4 large strips and sew it to the cream fabric. Imagine it on all four edges.

 

We are using the quilt top to measure the cream fabric center for the backing, and then sew large strips of the stroller fabric to the four edges of the cream fabric. To bind, the stroller fabric will be brought to the front.
We are using the quilt top to measure the cream fabric center for the backing, and then sew large strips of the stroller fabric to the four edges of the cream fabric. To bind, the stroller fabric will be brought to the front.

 

Also, I’ve been giving some thought on the label and fallen in love with this little face. This is on paper, and I will have to see how much time I have to stitch it by hand, or try it out free motion on the sewing machine.

 

 

The design for the quilt label, really how cute it this?
The design for the quilt label, really how cute it this?

 

I’m so excited I’ll be going to the Quilts at the Creek, a quilt show put up at a pioneer village setting. It’s a family tradition now attend with mom and daughter – three generations going to a quilt show! As my mother would say, “Che bella passeggiata!” (what a lovely outing). I promise I will have pictures of it and the wonderful people and quilts I’ll find there. See you next week.

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2:  A precise Quarter Square Triangle block makes an impeccable quilt

Carla A. Canonico is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, QUILTsocial.com, and KNITmuch.com.

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