I am having so much fun making things for baby’s room! I probably didn’t really need to make her a quilt but what fun would that be?! I have been scanning pinterest, admiring all the fun nurseries and it just kind put me in a making mood! I am by no means a quilter, so I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted. I pinned a few triangle quilts and herringbone quilts. I finally decided to go a less traditional quilt route and do more of an appliqué quilt. Partly due to the laziness of not wanting to piece a bunch of different pieces, and partly because I wanted something a little different. I thought it would be fun to do a tear drop pattern bursting from the bottom corner out.
So here’s what you will need to make your own:
1 1/2 yards of quilting fabric for top
1 1/2 yards of quilting fabric for bottom
1 1/2 yards of quilt batting
1 yard for appliqué and binding
1/2-1 yard wonder under
This makes a baby quilt that is approximately 40″ wide by 52″ long. Cut your back, front, and batting pieces to measure 53″ by 42″. Now lay the back side wrong side up, then the batting, then the top right side up.
Now for the appliqué part. Draw your tear drop pattern and cut them out. I cut out 4 at a time (the fabric was in 4 layers and I made 4 tear drops). It just saved time so that is why I did it that way. Cut out however many you want. I think I did around 30 tear drops.
Next lay them on top of your quilt in the pattern you like. Then cut out the same number of tear drops of wonder under as you cut out for the fabric tear drops. Iron the wonder under on the backside of the tear drops. Peel the paper off and then iron the tear drops to the quilt. I only did a few at a time so I wouldn’t lose the pattern I had going.
Once you have all the tear drops ironed in place, pin safety pins over the entire quilt to keep all the layers together when you sew. Now sew around all the tear drops. You wouldn’t have to do this part if you didn’t want to because the wonder under holds it in place and keeps it from fraying. I really like the finished look of the stitches around the tear drops so I did take the time to sew each one.
After all the teardrops are sewn on I drew on the quilt with a pencil a wavy line as a template to quilt everything together. If you have a lighter fabric, you may want to use a disappearing pen or washable fabric pen. I didn’t have any on hand so I just used pencil! Then I sewed along the lines. When I hit the tear drop part, I stopped stitching, backstitched, and started again after the tear drop. I didn’t sew over the tear drops. You could if you wanted, but I really wanted the appliquéd part to pop, not blend in with the rest of the quilt.
Once you are done quilting it is time to bind you quilt!! I used this tutorial from Diary of a Quilter as my guide. The only thing I did different was, I cut my binding to be 3″ instead of the 2.5″ that she says.
After your binding is done, sit back and enjoy!! Good work!
I love my perfectly imperfect quilt. My stitches are not perfect, and please don’t look to closely at the mitered corners. But I am totally loving it despite its imperfections. Truly I think that is what makes it beautiful!
Don’t hold back from trying something because you don’t think you will be any good. You never know what you are capable of! If you are afraid to tackle a full blown quilt, try something small first like a table runner. I believe you can do it!