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Mr. A's Baby Quilt - Orange 4 Patch

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Am I the only one who has a hard time selecting fabric for boy quilts? I love fabric shopping but I so many of the patterns are floral or the colors lean feminine. I have a difficult time selecting fabrics that are comfortably “boy”. Handsomepants had to help me out with the fabric selection on Mr. A’s baby quilt, partly because I was stumped, and partly because we’ve had some major expenses this month and fabric shopping just was not in the budget. (I married an accountant for a reason!)

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I threw this little tummy time quilt together using some charm square pieces that I had removed while making another quilt, and other fabrics in my stash. And as I’m writing this I realize that I forgot to catch a shot of the backing. The backing is the same orange polka dot fabric as the binding. I kind of cheated on this quilt and just folded the backing over the edges of the quilt and sewed it into place to form a binding, rather than create a traditional binding strip. I used my machine to sew the edge of the binding, I just don’t have the time lately to hand sew bindings.

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The actual quilting was kind of fun to do. I did a quick stitch in the ditch around the edges of the four patches and then I quilted a cross-hatch pattern in the negative spaces of the diamond patterned squares. This turned out out be a little more difficult than I had originally thought because the diamond pattern isn’t completely strait. Not that the quilting was difficult per-say, but I did end up snaking some of the quilting to keep from running the stitches over the pattern.

Because life was hectic and time just seemed to slip away from me, Mr. A’s baby quilt sat on by the front door for several weeks. I kept telling myself not to forget to gift the quilt, but there were days wen I would forget to put on deodorant, let alone bring a quilt along to a play date! And I missed the baby shower because I was busy having a baby myself!

But a perfect opportunity to hand over the quilt when Handsomepants came home from work and immediately dragged us all outside to jump in the leaves. Mr. A and his family happened to be arriving home from ballet lessons, and leaf jumping became a community event.

What a great time to warm up a cute chubby baby with a new quilt, and take some cute pictures! Mr. A’s big sister wanted to help me take pictures and proudly held the quilt up for me before sweetly tucking the quilt around Mr. A. Big sisters are awesome!

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Handsomepants didn’t want to lay Wince down in the leaves for some reason but I wanted to take fall pictures for the family album. So we compromised on one photo while he held Wince about 5” above the leaves. Men and their babies; I don’t get what the fuss was about, but whatever!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita