If you’ve been hanging out with me for very long you know that my youngest baby, Emma is just weeks from giving birth to Baby Lucy. It’s been quite a journey hasn’t it? (Posted: HERE)
A few weeks ago we had Emma’s baby shower. I made Lucy Jean a little blanket. With every square I cut I prayed for her little self. I can’t wait to meet this tiny blessing.
I want to give a quick tutorial because this was easy…as you know, if it’s not easy…I don’t do it!
I found a gorgeous burnt-orange toile set of twin sheets at Home Goods on sale for $15.00. They were exactly the color Emma was looking for and I knew I could do a ton of stuff with that fabric!
The other fabric I choose was soft and cuddly. A couple of flannel fabrics (1/4 yard each-I had some left over) and a deep brown minky. (Minky is that soft scrumptious fabric with the raised textures. It’s really slippery and stretchy which makes it not-to-easy to sew!)
I cut 5″ squares and played with them until I liked the way they looked…
Since I didn’t follow any particular directions I just kept adding rows until I thought it was big enough.
I decided on 7 rows down and 6 rows across.
Using 1/4″ seam allowance I sewed the squares into rows and then sewed the rows together! For anyone who hasn’t sewn very much there are 2 super important things when making even an easy quilt…
1-The cutting has to be exact.
2-The seam allowance has to be exact.
After the top was sewn together I cut strips from the sheet fabric to make a quilt binding.
I cut backing for the quilt out of the sheet fabric and used organic cotton batting.
To put the 3 layers together I put pins straight through the 3 layers straight into the carpet. This helps pull the layers smooth so I could pin them together. After they were secure I trimmed the edges and sewed the layers together.
Then added my binding to finish the edge.
I tied the 3 layers instead of quilting. Tying the quilt is so quick, it took me under an hour! Just use embroidery floss and tie a surgeon’s knot at the 4 corners of each block. (How to tie a surgeon’s knot: HERE)
Of course I had to add: Love Gigi!
And when we get the little ink-print of her hand and foot from the hospital I’ll sew that outline on one of the quilt blocks so we’ll always remember how tiny she started out…
I also sewed a little version for a to-go blankey, adding some tags, ’cause babies love to play with those tiny tags!
We’re counting down the weeks until Lucy comes. So many of you were so very supportive from the time we started this journey. I can honestly say there were days your prayers carried Emma and I…love to each of you.