I really love being an Island Batik ambassador and getting to work with all of their beautiful batiks. This month our challenge was to make a modern baby quilt. Luna is my take on a bright, happy modern quilt.
Luna baby quilt
51″ x 51″
Normally you will have a lot of negative space in a modern quilt but I really, really liked the colors in the Blossom collection and just had to go with the beautiful background print.
The colors in this collection are perfect for a modern baby quilt! Here is a better photo of the batiks that I used in my baby quilt.
In my last post that included an update on the flooding, I shared photos of the Luna baby quilt while I was in the piecing stage.
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Since I am in the middle of packing everything up….it was tough just finding my favorite ruler….I decided to just rotary cut all of the pieces.
The large half square triangles are cut from 5 ⅝″ squares that are then cut diagonally. All of the other pieces are 2 ⅞″ squares.
For the sashing, I cut twenty four 2½” x 12½” pieces and sixteen 2½” squares for the corner stones. I plan on writing up a better tutorial but for right now, if you would like to make this baby quilt, look at the finished quilt to see how it was pieced.
Free Motion Quilting on a domestic
It was a challenge free motion quilting on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. This is what I normally use but in my quilt studio I had a large table behind my sewing machine and also one to the left which helped support my quilt.
Many times quilters have written me saying they have problems free motion quilting on their domestic and the first thing I tell them is to put a table behind their machine. It is very difficult to quilt when the weight of your quilt is dragging.
I used Hobbs 80/20 batting which is wonderful for baby quilts.
Here is a closeup of the quilting, I just did a simple meandering.
Taking photos was a challenge as we have had so much rain and gloomy weather. Luckily my brother was around and helped me with taking some photos. He used his oars to prop up the quilt as the ground was so wet.
Here it is out on the deck.
I learned something new!
It is getting harder to take photos of Mr. Mickey on my quilts but….I laid the quilt out on his favorite chair and the next thing I knew…he was sitting on it! Guess I’ll be doing this with my quilts from now on!
It has been over two weeks and his hair still hasn’t grown in much. He sure doesn’t look like a poodle does he! I have a new brush to use on him so he doesn’t get matted. Thank you so much Pat for sending it to me!
I hope you have enjoyed my take on the Make It Modern Island Batik challenge. You can learn more about me being an ambassador for Island Batik here and also find a list of all of the ambassadors.