I’ve been working toward a deadline, and I made it! It is May 31 and I have finished five quilts in the last 5 weeks. The aforementioned Spring Sunrise sister disappearing nine patches, Kaleidoscope, HST Journey, and now Stripes Squared. This concludes my baby-quilt making binge. I only have one quilt top left to quilt, my jelly roll race quilt, but it will have to wait as I have a guild project to finish first.
Stripes Squared, approximately 40″x48″
Made from assorted gray solids and Bella from Lotta Jansdotter
Now onto the pictures! If you’ve been following my flickr stream you’ve seen this quilt in various states of progress over the last couple of weeks. The technique is very similar to the jelly roll race. It started with a sketch on the computer, and morphed into a finished quilt. I’ve had the sketch done since mid-April but with all the projects on my plate I haven’t been able to really work on it until about 10 days ago.
Quilt math to figure out how many strips of fabric I needed
Quilting and binding closeup
I quilted it down the center of each strip. In fact, the whole right half of the quilt I quilted in a continuous line. It got a little annoying at the end – wrangling the quilt through the throat of my machine – but it was a point of pride and sort of fun when I got it done.
Backing from IKEA
I found the most amazing fabric at IKEA last week. It is origami animals printed on a slightly heavier basecloth. I was a little worried about using it, but I HAD to have it. It was actually easier to deal with than the numbers print. I had no trouble getting this to lay smoothly. I don’t think there’s a single pucker in the backing. It also gives the quilt a nice weight to it. I’m really happy with it. So happy in fact, I bought four more yards to back a quilt for me (it is 60″ wide).
Stripes Squared finished with scrappy binding
Once again, Stripes Squared. The scrappy binding really brought it together. I really hope my friend and her little boy really like it.