19 Oct Fanfare Baby Quilt
My best friend, Shanna, had a family baby shower last Sunday and I was lucky enough to be included, even though technically I’m not family.
How beautiful is she? Her little bump is starting to show (hard to see in her adorable dress) and Lulu (Luisa) is fortunate to have such a happy home to grow in.
I wanted to make something special for her shower so I decided to make Oh Fransson’s Charm Squares Baby Quilt. It’s a free pattern (thanks Elizabeth!) and I love the simplicity of it. I used Rae Hoekstra’s new Fanfare Flannel line for the quilt which is SUPER soft. Like baby bottom soft.
I can’t handle how cute her foxes and elephants are. Kind of makes you want to pull them off of the fabric and squeeze them. I feel like Agnes from Despicable Me, “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die.” The whole collection is purchase-worthy and I may (
or may not) have bought all of the choices. I clearly have a fabric problem.
Back to the Quilt. The Baby Charm Square pattern is really easy and comes together quickly. She has a Twin Bed variation of the pattern as well, which would be nice for the older littles.
I narrowed Shanna’s quilt down to 5 fabrics from the Fanfare line:
She is having a girl, but her nursery is going to be mostly grey with accent colors so I thought these would fit nicely.
I followed Oh Fransson’s tutorial on how to make the perfect quilt sandwich. Here are the layers: Back of quilt right side down, batting, and quilt top right side up. Although my sandwich wasn’t perfect, it worked out pretty well.
I wanted to try my hand at wavy line quilting (not sure if that is the technical term) but I don’t have a walking foot for my machine. I wasn’t sure if this was possible and didn’t want to start and ruin the quilt. It’s nerve-wracking when you get to this point because you’ve worked so hard on the quilt top that it would be devastating to mess it up at this point. I consulted a talented quilter who said I should be ok without the magic foot, so I went for it.
I started in the center of the quilt and worked my way out to avoid any bunching. I went pretty slow and moved the quilt back and forth gradually to make the waves. I started each line of quilting 2 inches apart at the edge, but wanted the waves to be wonky so I made sure they didn’t follow the same pattern each time.I wasn’t able to finish the binding on the quilt before the shower so I had to give Shanna her quilt unfinished (gasp). Luckily, she didn’t mind and was sweet enough to give the quilt back after the shower for me to finish.
In order to include some pinkness into the shower, I also made her a set of 3 girly burp cloths.
After the shower, I quietly grabbed my quilt and went home to frantically try to finish it. She’s not due until February but I felt bad giving her a gift that she couldn’t actually take home.
I purchased Clover Wonder Clips before starting the binding and they were worth every penny. I’ve just realized when posting the link that I should’ve bought them on Amazon b/c I paid the listing price. Whoops.
The clips are WONDERful (sorry I had to), easy to use, have a flat bottom, and can be unclipped using one hand as you sew.
I found them to be especially helpful at the dreaded corners.
I cheated by machine binding on both sides, but it definitely turned out better than my first attempt. I love the way hand quilting looks and promise to try it at some point (wink).
I was really excited about how it turned out and can’t wait to see little Lulu on it. I’m happy I can finally give Shanna her quilt back. Thanks for your patience, friend!