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Ms. K’s Baby Quilt: The Farmhouse Quilt

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This year some friends from church announced they were pregnant with their first child and they were having a little girl. I was so excited for them, and so resigned to my own commitment to limiting our family to 6 members total, I did the unthinkable. I unpacked and rewashed all girl clothes from newborn to 3T, picked out my favorites to turn into a quilt, and gave everything else baby girl oriented to this couple. You heard right, I have resigned myself that Wince is the last child in the Wahn household.

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I actually made this quilt shortly after M was born but for some reason, despite being one of my favorite quilts that I’ve made, I never really used it and it sat on a shelf for a while. I usually like to have a few finished baby quilts on hand so that I’m not rushed to make a new quilt when I need a gift.

For those of you who follow my blog, you might remember that I had to resort to pre-made baby quilts when Little Man was born. I was convinced that he was going to be born a girl, but when I returned home from the hospital I had to pull something blue out of the closet instead!

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This quilt was made with a charm pack of Moda’s Farmhouse fabric and some Kona solids I had in my stash at the time. I designed the quilt to be a crib quilt and to have odd dimensions, 35 x 55”, just slightly larger than a standard crib mattress. Because I intended the quilt to be used more for decoration and to probably be slept on rather than slept under, the large sides of the quilt can be safely tucked down between the crib and the mattress. The quilting was also intended to keep the fluffiness of the quilt to a minimum, so I used 4 oz. batting and top stitched the quilt 1/4” apart.

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Personally I’m a fan of top stitching. It’s clean and simple and the more the better, but it can take a long time to finish, especially if you keep the rows tight. I particularly like the stark contrast of the white stitched against the scarlet backing. I used white thread throughout the quilt, partly because I like the look, and largely because that was the only thread color available to me at the time. But on the quilt front you can hardly notice the color difference.

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Unfortunately I was forced to miss the baby shower for Ms. K because A nasty stomach flu decided to hit me the night before. David was forced to deliver the quilt me and he made a hasty retreat from the flock of excited ladies and pink decorations and spent the day keeping the kids away from my corpse on the couch. He’s an awesome husband!

I know I’ve given away all of our girl stuff, but this quilt is so cute I might be inspired to try to talk Handsomepants into just one more kiddo. 5 kids is a nice round number right!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita