Farmhouse Star for Baby
There is an indecisive moment just before you start guiding a long arm machine. It's deja vu if you aspire to writing. You have a plan, but a creative muse swoops in and takes over your hands. In the first several seconds of stitching, you are fairly committed. Thread goes down faster than words on a keyboard, and is far more permanent! So went this baby quilt. I had one thing in mind until I stared at the flowers in the border print, and suddenly my original idea disappeared.
Choosing a Quilting Motif
This is not as simple as it sounds. If you walk in to a long arm studio as a customer, you normally have a choice of a hand guided design or a pantograph. You look through samples, and pick one you like. But if you are the person who has quilted dozens or even hundreds of one design, you start to get a feel of what things 'go'. This is where I am sold on hand guided quilting vs. pantographs. A skilled long armer can easily adjust the scale, individualize borders, etc. It's far more appropriate than one size fits all, but there are cases for both.
While I really had my mind set on another motif, the needle went down, and I saw rocking chairs on a big front porch. The house in my mind sat on a grassy lawn, and ancient hydrangea bushes in full bloom surrounded the wide stairs. I'm grateful the muse knew better.
Backing: The navy blue backing is a Joann's solid wide backing. I split 108" yardage down the middle for 2 baby quilts. Though this quilt is approximately 40" square, a standard fabric width of 42"-44" is not large enough to work with on a long arm. You need a bit of extra width to allow for the side clamps to hold the fabric taut, and be able to move the long arm back and forth without hitting the clamps.
I machine washed and dried the backing before use, and was pleasantly surprised how nicely it turned out. 100% cotton, it only needed touched up with an iron, and no deep creasing you find with some fabrics. All things considered, I will be back to Joann's to consider more colors.
Binding: Deep navy stripe
Binding: Deep navy stripe
Thread: Superior Threads So Fine #50
Batting: Warm & Plush from The Warm Company. Warm & Plush has 50% more weight that Warm & White or Warm & Natural. This quilt is for a spring baby, but I loved having a quilt to lay in my strollers for extra padding, or on the floor for tummy time. This baby girl will love it, too.
It's a busy week for babies here!
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
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Show and Tell Monday with Bambi where
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where it was also. Thank you, Connie!
Cooking Up Quilts
Show Off Saturday
Em's Scrap Bag
Let's Make Baby Quilts