Here is a baby quilt that I made for my cousin Michael and his wife, Kristen:
As you can tell by the colors, they do not know what they are having. So I decided to make a bright and neutral baby quilt for them. This is the same quilt block that I used to make the pillow from this post, but I folded the edges over for a curved edge or cathedral window look. I hand sewn the inside edge to help it lay flat (yes, I used a needle and thread ~ no sewing machine). I placed the blocks so the center of the quilt was focusing on the yellow squares. I really liked how this came out!
Quilting this quilt stumped me! Usually, I stitch in the ditch along the block squares making a grid but I could not do that with this quilt pattern. So I went through my supplies and pulled out some quilting stencils that I bought in Lancaster, PA two years ago. Perfect! Here is a close up of the center:
Here is the quilting stencil that I used for the border:
Using stencils was much easier than I thought! I think next time I will not use the walking foot but I would use the stimpling foot and drop the feet on my sewing machine to do it more freely. Also, I used a washable marker to mark my stencils so I had to wash the quilt after it was done to remove it. My neighbor, Denise, told me about a marker that she bought at the quilt store in town that comes off with heat from the iron. I bought one on my way to dinner on Sunday! I can't wait to try it!