This is my May FMQ challenge. I joined 6″ squares together to make a baby quilt. A woman at my church is having a baby, and I thought it would be a nice gift for her. At first I was a bit nervous, since it is basically giving my “homework” as a gift, but I was pleased with how it turned out. When I finished the quilting on it, my husband’s comment was “That looks a lot better. It was pretty boring without those squiggly lines.” I used fabrics from my stash, so I didn’t have to purchase anything for it. I even used all the leftover pieces from the blocks to make the binding.
My philosophy for baby gifts is that they are going to be used. I want to make something beautiful, but keep in mind that the baby will probably throw up on it. This quilt probably took 4 -5 hours from start to finish, and it was great practice for free-motion quilting. I love the pattern of going back and forth over the large stippling. It was fun to do and a great way to fill in shapes. I did really large stippling on the quilt top, but it would also be nice to do smaller stippling and tiny crossing loops for a background fill.
Of course, at the shower, G2 had to help with the presents. I wish all the best to mom and baby.