Canada Capers – Baby Quilt

Finished except for a label on the back.

Do the photos ever show up the imperfections! You can see the back strip isn’t perfectly horizontal; there are wobbles in the layout of the quilt top. None of this is obvious when you’re looking at the quilt draped on the bed, however. I know nobody looking at it will notice any of what I see.

The quilting I set up as an edge-to-edge design, working in the width of the strips – the embroidery for the animals was one width, the embroidery for the blocks was narrower – again, that something I can see but nobody else will notice.

I finally “mastered” precise positioning while I was working on the quilting. After all this time, I discovered how to set the opening (pivot) stitch and how to rotate the design a smidgeon so the embroidery would end up in the right spot for me to begin the next. This is the best edge-to-edge work I’ve done. I managed to align the start needle position with the finish needle position of the previous stitch out each time. What made this quilting relatively easy is that I didn’t have to worry about nesting the embroideries – I’ve done that a couple of times in the past – a lot of math and measuring to make that work. Here, all I had to do was centre the embroidery in each strip.

I completed the quilt with a folded French binding using 2 1/2″ strips. What I learned (having never bound a quilt like this before) is that if I wanted a 5/8″ binding front and back, I’d need to cut my strips 3 3/4″ wide. Here, I attached the binding with a 1/4″ seam, folded it over so I would end up with close to 5/8″on the front. I stitched the binding in place with a decorative stitch at the very edge of the binding. Because the binding was attached on the back with a 1/4″ seam allowance, the binding in the back ends up at just under 3/8″ wide and the decorative stitching is inside and separate from the narrow binding. I probably won’t finish a quilt like this again – I’ll go back to using the binding open rather than folded and finish both front and back at 5/8″.

I learn something with each new project.

Sunday, March 12 2023

Bernie had questions about the decorative stitch I used to bind the quilt. Here’s what it looks like on the top of the quilt (binding a smidgeon less than 5/8″); and on the quilt back (binding 3/8″ wide). [To have a 5/8″ folded binding top and back would need a binding of 3 3/4″!] The stitch is an edited version of one of the standard quilting stitches on my Pfaff Creative Icon 2.

From start to finish the quilt took me 10 days. I just finished hand sewing on a label on the quilt back.

8 thoughts on “Canada Capers – Baby Quilt

    • Regarding your medallion quilt: – you’re right you could use more background fabric as you work out to the edges. I’d just stick those pinwheels in the corners and fill in with something as border – not too bold whatever it is you decide to do. One question I had though: You say “my scrappy quilt measured 90 inches tall by 68 inches wide” – I can’t see how that’s possible since you’re building a square medallion quilt. How does it get to be taller than wider when what I see is square symmetry?

  1. And yes we notice the imperfections but others don’t. I just did a bunch of hst and my batik bear is walking with his feet in the air on a few of them….. UGH

  2. Hard to get a close up of the binding that you were talking about. I use the “EKG” (looks a bit like one) stitch on mine (especially for baby quilts that will see so much wear) and my back and front line up for the most part. I use a 2 1/2 ” folded piece like you described.
    As to learning something new – I think that is the icing on the cake. It helps keep our brains going. Bernie

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