A Wholecloth Baby Quilt – Finished!

That’s right – a second finish this week! I’ve worked my little fingers to nubs and had a couple late nights and ended up with this:

Wholecloth Baby Quilt FMQReally, there aren’t that many hours in this quilt – it measures 34″ x 42″, so it’s not that big. But hubby is working a weird shift this week. He’s sleeping during the day (no sewing!) and is gone all evening, therefore the late night stitching.

This quilt is pretty much the same as the first wholecloth baby quilt I made, but on this one I added in words here and there. ‘Love’ ‘Laugh’ ‘Hope’ Dream’ – you get the idea.

Posts on the first quilt can be found on these links:

You can click on the pics below to make them bigger and easier to read the words.

There are also the sweetest hearts sprinkled here and there…

FMQ Wholecloth quilt

…and fun filled feathers (also known around my house as cheater feathers) ๐Ÿ™‚

Wholecloth baby quilt FMQ

I had a lot of fun throwing in these swirls that just build. I first tried these on this baby quilt and love the way they look.

FMQ Wholecloth baby quiltI still have some practicing to do to get that center swirl just right, but it does get easier with practice.

The minky on the back is a lovely orchid color. The thread on top is the same color. I wanted to give the white a hint of color with the thread, butย it didn’t work as well here as it did on the pink version. I probably needed to use a darker thread color. But I love the color of the minky.

wholecloth minky quilt fmq

And one more picture, just because!

wholecloth baby quilt fmq

Some of you will see these pictures and say “Beth! That binding is done by machine!” You would be right. You all know my preferred method is hand stitching the binding to the back. However, working with Minky can be a bit tricky and I’m not confident my stitches will stay when using that stretchy fabric. So I sewed it by machine. I love how quickly I was able to finish the binding and I’m confident now that it will stay in place. I’m still not sold on the look once it’s finished but that is on me….I’m just not that good at it yet.

When I make another quilt that requires machine binding, I will attach it so the stitched line that runs along the side of the binding will be on the back. The texture of the Minky will hide that stitch line and I would prefer that look.

I’m super excited to have this quilt finished. It’s in the mail and winging it’s way to the sweet little one who will be using it. She arrived three weeks early, and Momma and baby are doing well. I can’t wait until I can see her and hold that bundle of sweetness!

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Wholecloth Baby Quilt



About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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13 Responses to A Wholecloth Baby Quilt – Finished!

  1. Jasmine says:

    I love these quilts. Someday I will make some like yours.

  2. Another beautiful whole cloth quilt. I love all of the different quilting patterns you combined for this one.

  3. Kate says:

    Very pretty. Love the little hearts and swirls.

  4. I love your wholecloth baby quilts. The quilting is really stunning, Beth!


  5. I love your quilting on this one, especially those words! What a sweet little baby quilt, and one that the little one can enjoy for a long time ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Paige says:

    Beth, your quilting is stunning! It looks like you have many hours invested even though you say it went quickly! That minky is shifty, good choice on the machine binding, looks great!

  7. dezertsuz says:

    I love what you are practicing on these quilts. The combinations of stitching designs are really great. And that binding? Looks fine to me!

  8. Karen says:

    A whole cloth quilt is on my list. This is just lovely and will be loved!

  9. Anne Beier says:

    Love how you quilted in words. I have never tried this method. You’ve inspired me, Beth. Excellent work, and creative +.

  10. Ooo…minky!!! And all that texture you added – scuse me while I find a drool rag! Love it. What a clever project idea for free motion practice. I like the idea of words and hearts being little surprises for viewers to find. Baby will love this quilt forever!

  11. katyquilts says:

    This is just beautiful, Beth! I love how minky looks quilted up and my long arm does just fine with it, but my domestic machines hate it. Skipped stitches everywhere. I had the same thing happen on both my Bernina 1030 and one of my work horse Singers. Any tips or tricks? I machine bound the two quilts I used it on as well, but it was a struggle!

  12. Tish says:

    Another beautiful baby quilt, Beth. I have two I need to stitch and you may have just talked me out of the straight lines I was considering.

  13. Minky can definitely be tricky to work with and there is no shame in perfecting a good machine binding technique for yourself to use in situations like that! I think the quilt is adorable and lovely and I am sure it will get a lot of love and cuddles.

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