Teresa of Third Floor Quilts left a comment a couple of weeks ago, saying "I am guessing that a cot quilt is what we would call a crib quilt", to which I replied yes, and two days later it dawned on me. I'm a bit slow sometimes when confronted with the obvious. Why not make a crib quilt? Smaller, quicker, and no need to buy anything, the stash is to hand.
So here it is, 25 x 26 inches, a little wider than it is long so baby can be tucked in down the sides in his crib or pram.
After all the riotous scrappiness of the cot quilts I have been making, I decided it was time for a little minimalism.
The joy with this quilt was being able to see what I was doing rather than being dazzled with lots of colours and prints Initially I was thinking of doing straight line quilting for the lines of squares, but after some fooling around getting a walking foot jammed over the needle clamp and giving up in disgust, I free motion quilted the squares with little leaves and curls. I thought this would leave the squares a bit bumpy, but once the broad bands of cream had been filled with serrated leaves the overall effect wasn't too bad at all.
For the quilting I used a variegated thread in pastel shades of pink, green and yellow, and of the four different red prints that I used for the squares, I used the one with the tiniest design for the binding.
The design of the backing fabric I find a bit puzzling. Why do some of the flowers look like boiled eggs, and why have others got eyes? Perhaps the baby will have big brothers and sisters who can provide a suitable answer. They can also have fun counting the squares...
... picking the strawberries...
... and hamming it up as Long John Silver - aaagh, the Black Spot!
This little quilt has been a joy to make. The 15K treadle is running beautifully smoothly after its little bit of attention last month, which made the quilting problem free. The piecing and binding were done on the Singer 128K, which, with its gorgeous red and gold decals, looked even prettier than ever while stitching all the red and cream.
I think I shall have to make some more.
Here goes for week 35...
Many thanks to Quilt Musings, Alison, Gwyned, Angie, Jasmine and Heulwen for linking up last time.
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Linking up to Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
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