Yes, this is a baby quilt, but no, it doesn’t have anything to do with my incoming grand baby. This one is for a baby I don’t know.
The quilt guild I belong to has a very active charity wing called Quilting Comforts. It’s managed by a woman we’re very lucky to have, whose name is Delleen. She’s often given items like fabric, batting, and other quilty materials, which she distributes to members, who turn it into quilts to be donated to various organizations.
Recently, Delleen was given a box and a variety of 2 x 5” fabric strips. She thought it would be fun if we passed the box of fabric around the guild, with a different member taking it home each month. That member would return the following month with a baby quilt made using some of the contents. That person also has the option of throwing something new into the box, like more fabric or even chocolate.
This is the pretty quilt that Virginia brought to our last meeting. She really made great use of those little strips.
It was my turn to take it home from the March meeting. I love a challenge, and I couldn’t wait to break into that box. It was filled with stacks and stacks of 2 x 5” strips, some 5” squares, a couple of larger pieces, and strips for binding.
The blue caught my eye, and I knew I had a couple of pieces in my stash I wouldn’t mind clearing out that would coordinate well. I hope the next person doesn’t want blue, because I used nearly all of it!
(Anyone remember my Ninja Monkey Bag? That’s how long this fabric has been on my shelf!!!)
This is how the front turned out. Random and scrappy is difficult for me, but I think a mostly orderly quilt fits in too.
I pieced a little of the monkey print into the back, both to make it wide enough and for a little more interest.
This is a simple pattern, and it was easy to finish with all those precuts. If you’d like to give it a try, you’ll need:
32 - 5” squares
96 - 2 x 5” strips, stitched together in groups of 3
2 - 3 1/2 x 36 1/2” for sashing
2 - 3 1/2 x 42 1/2” for sashing
backing, binding, and batting
This is the layout:
You could turn all the strips so they run horizontally, or just some of them.
My finished quilt measures 42” square.
I found some strips of fabric from a baby quilt I made for someone who is now in high school. I added them to the box. Hopefully they’ll end up in a quilt for a happy kid.
I think baby quilts might be my new favorite thing to make. That’s a good thing, because I have another one to get made before August!