‘Squadron Leader’: the minis

When I made my first prototype aeroplane blocks for Little Island Quilting’s Soy Amado project, I had a little accident: I cut the wing on one aeroplane too big. I blame my new ruler and my unfamiliarity with its markings, which seemed more suited to a left-hander until I got used to them. (Yes, I blame the tools!)

The result was one block that was bigger than the 12½ inches needed. Unfortunately, I was making quilt-as-you-go blocks, and I did not realise the problem with the block until after I had sandwiched and quilted it. What should have been an easy fix (unpick one seam, trim a bit off, carry on) was no longer so easy to repair. Trimming it down would have cut off part of the wings or the tail. Not good.

What to do with a 13-inch quilted block? Make a baby cushion!

'Squadron Leader' baby quilt pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

I normally add piping (or pompoms!) to the edges of cushions, but I decided to try a quilt binding edge because I did not have a lot of fabric for the seam allowances.

One of the most annoying things is that I used a good printed fabric on the back of the block because it would have been visible in the quilt, but now it is lost in the lining of the cushion. Normally, I use plain white calico to line my cushions.

I think a few borders to make it a bit bigger might have been better, but I had already quilted it. I could not find a ready-made cushion insert the right size, so I quickly made my own and stuffed it with hobby fill.

As I was cutting out the aeroplanes for ‘Squadron Leader’, I cut out spare parts that were not quite the right colours – too blue and not enough aqua. These have since been added to and become a humidicrib quilt that I can donate to the neonatal unit at the local hospital. I am still on course to make one humidicrib quilt each month in 2018!

'Squadron Leader' baby quilt pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

With two blocks and a bit of extra fabric as filler, I had a humidicrib cover.

I quilted the aeroplanes the same as ‘Squadron Leader’, but I did my usual loopy stipple to fill in the background.

'Squadron Leader' baby quilt pattern by Granny Maud's Girl

I love the effect of the striped fabric in these aeroplanes.


‘Squadron Leader’ baby quilt pattern by Granny Maud’s Girl

A link to Etsy, where the pattern can be downloaded, is in the sidebar. A list of local shops that stock it can be found on my patterns page.

I am sure that this will not be my only ‘oops’ quilt-as-you-go block, so feel free to offer suggestions of what I should do next time I have an irregular-sized block to rescue from the UFO pile!


11 thoughts on “‘Squadron Leader’: the minis

  1. It would be interesting to have a whole series of sizes, from much bigger to really small, and then assemble them into an ‘aerobatic display’ baby or small child’s quilt at the end, maybe with a bunting border around the outside, and all the planes at different angles. Hmmm… is it me, or does that sound like a lot of work?

  2. The pillow and humidicrib quilt look great, Carla. Oops blocks are great as backings for other projects (depending on how big the opps is, the back of a new pillow front, even!), table runners, mini quilts, placemats, small quilted items to have on hand as “thank you” gifts to give out…

  3. I ordered the “ SquadronLeader” pattern and love the design. I have one suggestion—make the pieces that are border edges slightly more generous. I found them a bit tight when squaring up the blocks. I increased the quilt size by one more row of airplane blocks, for a total of 10 blocks in order to make the quilt larger for the purpose of using it over the end of a double bed. I cut the pieces of those blocks slightly more generous and found it much easier to square the blocks.

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