Sunday, July 6, 2014

Friday Finish, Just Two Days Late

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Mr. Thread Everywhere has a terrible weekend, he's been in bed with an ear infection for the past few days. I finished this quilt on Friday, but he is my quilt photographer, so I wasn't able to get pictures until today. I used an ironing board to hold the quilt, while I took photos.

It worked out pretty well, as this is just 36 X 36. I made the quilt for  Project Linus, our local chapter needs small baby quilts for the NICU.

I've been wanting to do a spiral on one of my larger quilt tops, but wanted to try it on something small. It's easier than I thought, but the beginning was tricky. This was my third attempt, and I figured this was as good as it was going to get. The Quilting Edge had a great tutorial, and it was easy to understand.

This was also a great opportunity to use up some scraps. I did by a couple of blue fat quarters, and the animals from Joann's (on sale last week). The batting only cost $5 (also on sale at Joann's). So this quilt cost me less than $10 in new materials.

 These blocks were fun and simple to make. I just cut different sized squares out of the animal prints, and framed them with blue and green scraps until I had 12.5 x 12.5 blocks.

This was also my first time making a scrappy binding, and doing the binding by machine only.

I think I'll stick to hand binding in the future. There were a few spots where I missed the fabric (and a few where I caught the binding on the back, too). I much prefer the look of hand binding on the back of the quilt, and for me it's worth the extra time.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this, and I love the animals and polka-dots. I'm looking forward to making more of these this summer.

Happy Sunday!

Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. Projects like this are great for working on techniques like machine binding for those of us who tend to whip-stitch. That is going to be a wonderful gift for some deserving little child and family.

  2. I love this little quilt - especially the spiral quilting! I 100% agree about machine binding, I'm not a fan. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow, awesome job on the spiral quilting! Bravo! I hope to try it out one of these days, but it's intimidating stuff!

  4. That is really cool! Great little animals print and I love the 'random' placements in the blocks. My son was a NICU baby here in NZ and I made a set of quilts for the Dunedin NICU when he turned ten. NICUs are special, amazing places - I am sure the quilt will be gratefully received.