HI! My name is Stacy and I am the newest member of the We are Sew Happy team! I have been interested in contributing to the blog but wanted to find the right project. When I decided to get my feet wet with quilting, I knew I didn’t want to jump into anything too hard.
So, I googled “beginner baby quilts” and found this gem. I wanted a baby size quilt because I didn’t want to get overwhelmed with anything too big and because I am expecting in May.
The Colorblock quilt by Bijou Lovely is a fat quarter friendly quilt that has a modern look. The finished size is 40x55”. You can use bold solids fabrics or fun prints to make the quilt really pop. There is a vertical strip that runs down the quilt, breaking up the horizontal strips. I choose to pick a printed fabric for the vertical block and use it as my main focal point and select the rest of the fabrics around it. I used fabric from the Littlest collection by Art Gallery Fabrics and mixed them with solids, so it evened out the prints. I am in love with the entire Littlest collection, and they can be found at Five Eighth Seams. If you haven’t seen the collection, check it out and more Art Gallery Fabric here or below as shown.
I am thankful that I purchased a miracle mat, ruler, and rotary cutter for this project. The cutting process wasn’t bad, but it would have been a lot to cut with only scissors. So, I highly recommend these tools for this project.
The cutting and assembly instructions to this pattern were so easy to follow. I was able to have my quilt cut out and ready to be pieced together in one night.The assembly of the quilt was a very fast process. It was the first time I ever used my ¼” quilting foot on my machine, and I think having that saved time on the project as well as having the mat, ruler, and rotary cutter. Pressing my seams open as I went along on the piecing process is what took the most time. Be careful not to skip this step though; it really does make a difference.Now that my quilt was finished, I had to decide on what to do for the backing. The backing is a single piece of fabric 42 x 57”. I choose to use one of the same fabrics from the quilt top because it is a panel piece and wasn’t able to show the whole design on the front block. I also felt like it pulled it all together and showed off the panel very nicely. However, because my backing was a panel piece and directional, I had to add two white strips of fabric on the top and bottom to get the length I needed for the sizing.
After you have your quilt top and backing, it is ready to be quilted. I sent my top and backing to a local quilter. She will use a long arm quilting machine to do the quilting. I can’t wait to get it back, so I can finish the binding and have it ready for my little one.I would recommend this pattern to everyone! If you are a seasoned quilter, it would be a fast and easy baby shower gift. And, this quilt is perfect for beginners and really allows you to build your confidence on quilting. I'm excited to join the We are Sew Happy team I look forward to sharing more projects with you!