Joel and Heidi's boy is due in May and what better way to kick off my unemployment than with a baby quilt!

Baby quilt tutorial
Baby quilt tutorial

The 48"x48" quilt is comprised of 500 pieces of fabric and both the back and binding are super soft cuddly fabric.  You can run climbers' fingers across it and not feel anything.

Baby quilt tutorial

The Design

The quilt is based off of the Cut Glass pattern in Vintage Quilt Revival.  It's my usual modus operandi: find a pattern I like and modify the shape, colors, or materials.

Baby quilt tutorial

My pet peeve with new baby items--onesies, socks, burp cloths, stuffed animals, even gift bags and congrats cards--is that they're too often pink monotone or blue monotone or all pastel.  Get a full range of bright color in there, whether it's traditionally for the opposite sex or not!

Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing

The Piecing

The quilt is made using a foundation paper piecing technique.  Rather than cutting perfect fabric pieces and then sewing those together, you use paper patterns to sew together larger fabric pieces and then cut those down to size.  You can create some really crazy designs with paper piecing, from animals to Iron Man. There's numerous tutorials out there for paper piecing.

The green-yellow seam.
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Placing the green-yellow fabric seams.
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Green-yellow seam from the back.
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Sew along line
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Flip seam over and press.
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Green-orange seam.
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Green-orange seam after sewing and pressing.
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Repeat a lot.
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing
Baby quilt tutorial paper piecing

Creating the Sandwich

After completing the 64 quarter-blocks, I laid them out to randomize the green-orange-yellow and to place the plum and black blocks.  Sew all those together.

Baby quilt tutorial

Use 505 spray adhesive one row at a time to adhere the top to batting.  This is to keep the quilt layers in place until you quilt it with permanent stitching.

Odif 505 Spray adhesive
Amazon link
Baby quilt tutorial
Baby quilt tutorial

Now you have a very thick quilt sandwich.

The Quilting

Baby quilt tutorial machine quilting

This quilt was really hard since it was so thick.  I normally use wool or cotton batting, but wanted something thicker to showcase the quilting, so I went with a poly-cotton blend.  Plus with the cuddly fabric, I got pumped after a couple minutes of shoving it through the machine.  It was very hard to make even stitches and curves.  The thickest parts where the star points touch had 24 layers of fabric in the seam + batting + cuddly fabric.  Baby Ruscher, you may have the thickest quit I'll ever make.

Baby quilt tutorial machine quilting
Baby quilt tutorial machine quilting

The Binding

I used cuddly fabric for the binding for the first time.  It took quite a bit of experimenting to finally settle on this method.  This is a good tutorial for normal binding using woven quilting fabric, but cuddly fabric is stretchy and comparatively thick.

Baby quilt tutorial binding
Baby quilt tutorial binding
Baby quilt tutorial binding shannon fabric
Baby quilt tutorial binding shannon fabric
Baby quilt tutorial binding
Baby quilt tutorial