Quilting on vacation

I recently took a trip to visit my parents and grandmother.  I live in Utah, they live in West Virginia.  I always love time to get away, but I also like it when I can come home with a sense of accomplishment.  My mother has a friend that often helps out with my beloved Grandmother.  This friend of hers is expecting her first grandchild.  She wanted me to make her a baby quilt, and they had picked out a gray theme but wanted it to be gender neutral since they don’t want to know the baby’s gender.  I made her friend come over and sew it herself, since we were just going to make a strip quilt.

Now, “make” isn’t the best word.  I “encouraged” her to do it.  She did a great job.  We used minky for the back, which tends to stretch when it is sewn, so I put the back on and did the edges.  I think it turned out well.  We used a “sew as you go” method, and I decided that it was so easy, and eliminated a lot of time quilting, that it deserves a tutorial!!  I just finished a booth of my dog collars and leashes last weekend, and I have another one coming up in a few weeks.  I will be busy getting ready for that, but as soon as I can find the time, I will get the “sew as you go” tutorial posted.  So, stay tuned!

In the meantime, my shop just got in some great double gauze fabrics.  This is what they used to call “swaddling muslin” and are the current fad for baby swaddling blankets.  They are so popular because they are breathable fabrics, so a baby can be swaddled, even in the summer, and the fabric will still breathe.  I was out of town, so I grabbed some fabric at the local JoAnn’s, and I put a binding border along the edges.  It turned out cute, if I do say so myself!  gryyellowbabystripquilt swaddling blanket swaddling blanket closer