If you’re like me then you probably give personalized baby gifts for friends and family ~ right? I bet finding the time to construct said handmade gift can sometimes be a challenge. What you need is a simple baby quilt that anyone can make in an afternoon.
Recently, my friends at Fat Quarter Shop asked if I’d like to join them in celebrating their Top 10 Videos from 2015. I was given a list of quilts I could make and from that list I decided to make the Bloom and Bliss Receiving Blanket because it is entirely made of Half Square Triangles (HST).
As a new-ish quilter I believe that having a thorough understanding of HST’s will be beneficial as I begin designing more quilts on my own. These over-sized HST’s were perfect for continuing my education.
To make the whole process easier, Fat Quarter Shop offers the pattern in a kit which includes the fabric and a printed pattern. There is also a companion video to help with the assembling. Keep in mind, the video shows how to make a receiving blanket. You will have to rely on your own talents if you want to turn this into a quilt. Basically, if I can do this than you can do this.
Piecing is a snap with this pattern because I used the pre-cut fabrics. I still had to turn them into half square triangles, but that is why I chose this pattern. The overall design enabled me to continue working with half square triangles.
Once all of the pieces were sewn together and assembled all that remained was making a quilt sandwich and then quilting the project. For my batting I chose a leftover piece of wool batting. I’m sending the quilt to Newfoundland and it will be a gift for new mom who is my daughter’s friend. Cotton batting was never going to cut it in Newfoundland ~ even in their brief summer.
Quilting with half square triangles is really one of the best ways to understand quilt construction. If you scroll further down you’ll see exactly what I mean. When you step back from the image you’ll notice squares and triangles that are now quilted into the design.
I could’ve taken it even further and filled in some of those squares and triangles with free motion quilting. I didn’t because I wanted the quilt to remain soft and pliable for a baby. However, this design lends itself to doing that very thing and the overall design in different fabrics would be awesome as a wall hanging with some fancy quilting.
One thing the pattern calls for is rounding the corners. I didn’t do this because I knew I would be binding the quilt. In hindsight, I wish I had rounded the corners because I think it would’ve made the quilt look more like a baby quilt. I was so focused on my HST’s that I let that override my “it’s for a baby” thinking.
The kit comes with the fabric backing and I had a piece of lime green fabric that was perfect for the binding. I think the colors are ideal for a baby girl.
This is my first ‘official’ quilt made from a kit. I think I like kits because they remove some of the guesswork and allow the sewist to get right into sewing.
And that makes it a real win for this sewist.
Simplified Quilt Basting
Let’s be honest, here. Pin basting can be one of the biggest challenges to finishing a quilt. It usually requires a large area and some moving of furniture. Well, I know a better way and you’re going to love it. I’ve created a two-minute video that demonstrates a simplified way to baste your quilt.