I should be working on charity quilts but I am so far behind on some things I need to do that they will simply have to wait a bit more. I feel bad but I feel worse that I don’t have a baby quilt made for a baby born in December. So it was a stop everything and work on a baby quilt.
Last week I showed you come blocks and asked for suggestions. Here are the blocks.
Originally I thought to have a big inner square, surround them with these scrappy blocks and add another outer border and call it good. That sounded fine but nothing clicked no matter how many different fabrics I tried. When I asked for suggestions last week someone said how about a panel.
Hmmm…That got me thinking. I had an ABC panel. What if I cut the pieces apart and somehow used them. Hmmm….
Yep…I was liking this idea. Something was clicking. Here’s my layout idea.Um…YES…I’m loving this idea.
As with any ABC quilt there’s always a problem. ALWAYS. There are 26 letters in the alphabet and 26 is not divisible in any obvious way….so what’s a quilter to do? I decided move forward. Sew as much as could and then it would be easier to make a decision when I saw how it looked together.
That brought me to this.
I sent a picture to Kelli and she squealed. She rated it as in the top five of all quilts I’ve made…That’s a high compliment. I don’t know if I agree but I do love it so far. But how do I finish that last row?
After much consideration, I came up with this.
So here’s how the top looks now. Sorry the photo is a little dark. It was night when I snapped the photo.
The last row is attached.
Now I am debating again. How do I finish this? Right now I am thinking a scrappy inner border in white and a piano keyboard in scrappy goodness around the outside. What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know. I really want to get this one finished. I have to get a quilt made for the firemen benefit coming up the first Sunday in March…Hmm. Yep, cutting that deadline close.
I am guessing someone is going to ask what the ABC panel is that I used to make this. So I snapped a picture of the selvage. I looked a bit of it and couldn’t find it as now I wish I had bought about three more of the panel. I saw it was manufactured in 2012. That leaves me with not much hope of finding it again. Thankfully I do have one more panel.
If anyone finds it for sale, please let me know. I’m always making baby quilts and this panel, I love!
UPDATE: A reader did find this panel available for sale. It is available here.