Have you ever started a quilt with the backing fabric?
A bit more than a year ago, I bought one metre of a Japanese fabric from Studio Mio at the local craft fair. It was too adorable to resist, and I thought it would make a cute backing for a baby quilt.
In my recent sewing room clean-up and tidy, I unearthed the fabric again and decided to get started. A niece in Canada is expecting a baby soon and sixty per cent of my newly married stepdaughter’s Facebook posts are pictures of her friends’ babies, so I think I need to have baby quilts on hand and ready.
Armed with my pink stash (I have an embarrassing amount of pink) and a set of Matilda’s Own drunkards path templates for 4-inch finished blocks, I started cutting. I calculated how many squares I would need to make a top slightly smaller than the backing fabric. I sorted my fabrics very roughly into lights and darks, and sewed them together randomly in pairs.
The hardest part was choosing a layout, but Instagram and my mum came to the rescue.
I cut and sewed most of it in the evenings, which is why one fabric is actually grey, yellow and orange, and not pink – poor light. Thankfully, it blends without any problems. The only fussy cutting was for the rabbits, which make this a pink fluffy bunny quilt.
I used scrap and stash, but the drunkards path template would be perfect for charm packs as the pieces can be cut from 5-inch squares.
For now, the top, backing, prepared binding (pink spots) and piece of franken-batting I cobbled together with a zigzag stitch will have to sit and wait their turn before I start quilting. I need to get working on Jane’s Possum Magic border. Maybe that will give me some time to figure out an easy quilting design.