Friday, May 4, 2012

Finished: Black Sheep Don't Sleep Baby Quilt

Taadaa! This is my big finish for the week. I ended up having to travel for the past couple of days, so I'm glad I got it in under the wire. This quilt was pretty easy to put together since the big squares were cut to 8" and and all of the colorful strips were cut to 2.5" wide. I was inspired by this pattern, but I needed larger pieces to really show off the prints and allow me to piece the top faster.

I took photos before and after washing. There was great sunshine on the evening before I washed it, but of course it was overcast the next morning.

The prints are Organic Monaluna fabrics from the Taali collection by Jennifer Moore with a little Kona White for contrast. The Monaluna fabric seemed to have a very fine weave. It had a great feel, and I will definitely buy more of their prints to work with. The little sheep are too sweet!

I stitched in the ditch for the most part, but I quilted (mostly) straight lines though the middle of the squares just to stabilize the batting between the two layers. I didn't know what the recommended quilting distance was for this batting. The largest unquilted areas ended up being 3.75" squares, so that seemed pretty safe to me.

For the back, I pieced several sections of yardage. The middle print with all of the cars and bikes and little houses would be a great for a game of "I Spy."

For the binding, I used the extra 2.5" wide strips and pieced them together. I sewed it to the front with a 1/4" seam, wrapped it around to the back and then stitched in the ditch on the front to secure the binding to the back. It picked up all of the binding on the back without me having to go back and handstitch any skipped spots ;-)

I love the way the binding contrasts with the large fields of print on the back of the quilt, and it just makes the front of the quilt all the more lively.

Quilty Stats:
Pre-wash dimensions: 41.25" x 61"
Post-wash dimensions: 39.75" x 58.5"
Batting: Very soft 1/4 batting that I no longer had the package for. It might have been an 80/20.

I hope this quilt brings lots of smiles in its new home for a long time to come. Happy Friday, everyone!

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  1. This quilt turned out great! I love bright colored baby blankets and those little sheep are *so* adorable!

  2. Your quilt is lovely, I love the way you did the binding too, will definitely have to give that a try.

    Have never tried the Monaluna fabric, but it sounds good.

  3. What a wonderful quilt, any child would love it, so much to see!

  4. This quilt just stood out at 'Modern Monday' and I had to take a peak. Great work on the piecing and binding. There is a page also for finishes on Fridays called TGIFF or 'Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday' at You can even host it one Friday if you wish.

  5. Those fabrics are so cute! I love the way it turned out and I am impressed by your machine binding. I tried it once and it didn't go so well. I think I need to get some of that sheep fabric :)

  6. This quilt could not be more perfect. :) My sister-in-law absolutely loves it and I can't wait to see my little nephew playing on it. You're right about "I Spy!" What a fun idea!