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Ms. K's Baby Quilt - Four Patch Quilt

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The very first friends we made Handsomepants and I moved to Denver, was young couple just our age. They lived across the hall in our apartment building and we met them when they knocked on our door and (trustingly) asked us to keep an eye out for a package delivery. They were leaving town for the weekend and the package hadn’t arrived on time. It turned out it was large flat screen TV! We’ve been friends with Krista and Jason ever since.

 I’m starting to realize how often I use four patches in baby quilts!

I’m starting to realize how often I use four patches in baby quilts!

I’ve written before about my pregnancy with M, when Krista was also pregnant with her first child. His quilt is the red and white air plane quilt in my gallery. But when she announced she was pregnant again I was so excited to find out she was having a girl this time. This time around I wanted to make a low key, sweet baby quilt so I selected a charm pack of Windemere by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda.

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I took a while to decide how I wanted to handle the quilting. I used a large “hand sewn” stitch on my machine to outline all of the background squares with a gold thread, but other than that I was stuck. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I packed the quilt away in the closet for a while. Then one day while on Pinterest I came across some really cute embroidery designs, and the rest was history. I transferred the designs onto freezer paper and used the same “hand sewn” stitch on my machine to quilt the designs into the background fabric. The process of quilting the embroidery designs was slow going, but over all I’m pleased with the results and I’ll definitely reuse the technique on future quilts.

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When I finished this quilt I was so excited to gift it that I forgot to take pictures so I had to call Krista and ask her to take them for me, which she did because she’s awesome. I also forgot the dimension of the quilt, sorry to those who were wondering. But it’s a nice tummy time size, and it’s soft enough to snuggle with!

The banking of Ms. K’s quilt was a tight patterned calico that came from my Aunt Grace after she had passed. I’ve slowly developed an appreciation for calico prints over the years and this is one of my favorites. I’m very glad that there was enough left over to go into a scrappy quilt I’m currently planning.

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Unfortunately I don’t get to see this quilt, or it’s new little owner very often anymore. Krista and Jason decided to move their growing family close to family outside of Colorado. I miss my friends but modern technology does make it easy to stay in touch, and if they every miss me they have something to snuggle with, and that’s what quilting is all about.

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita