A Quilt Finish: Jasper’s Baby Quilt

Saturday of last week I was suppose to have Buck’s kids and Sunday was supposed to be baptism for Jasper.  We cancelled it all due to Covid-19.  I was some sad but decided rather than sit around and be sad, it was time to really work on Jasper’s baby quilt.  During the week I have cut the sashing pieces out….I so wanted to get this done.

Karl was home this day and I told him…I really want to get this done.  Do everything you can to get me going on it.  He did great.  A couple times I got sidetracked and he politely reminded me of my goal.  So first up…get the top together.

It only took me a little over an hour.

Then…I got side tracked.  For as much as Karl was encouraging me to keep going, Rosie was discouraging me.

I finally put it on the frame and machine quilted it.  That took another two hours.

Then it was binding time.

All along, ever since I had so many problems with the pattern, I’ve not been happy with the quilt or my work on it.  I didn’t think I did my best sewing, mostly due to the poor directions and mis-sizing.

Here it is finished….
In the end, I am very happy with the finished project.  My mistakes aren’t easily seen.  That’s a huge relief.

I quilted it with straight line quilting.  It seemed appropriate for this quilt.  I used white thread on the front and back.  I did try to get a picture of the quilting but..no luck.  You can see it best in the picture of me binding the quilt.  I did just eyeball the straight lines.

I bought the ticking type fabric from Etsy.  I’m so glad that I bought enough to bind it too.

The backing was a thrift store find for 50 cents.  I liked that idea of a plaid on the backing with stripes on the front.

This quilt, although it looks easy, was likely one of the more challenging quilts I’ve made.

Look how good Rosie is getting at posing on the quilts.  This was one of about five pictures.  All were totally acceptable.  This one was the best.

I can’t tell you how happy I am to have this done.

Kayla likes thrifty things so the top was made of thrifted shirts plus the boughten sashing.  The backing was thrifted.  The batting was leftovers pieced together.  I think I did pretty good.

Thanks to a couple blog readers that sent shirts to me.  It really was a bit of a challenge to find only black or white shirts with stripes.

At one time I thought I was going to make a large quilt like this for my living room.  That’s a no.  That pattern wasn’t good.  Thanks Linda for gifting us the book that the pattern came in.

Even though I was frustrated with the pattern at times, it was worth the struggle.  Kayla is going to be so happy with it and in the end, that’s what’s most important.

26 thoughts on “A Quilt Finish: Jasper’s Baby Quilt”

  1. The quilt looks great despite all your frustrations with it. I’m sure you’re glad to have it finished. Jasper will love cuddling up in it. Way to go!

  2. Love the quilt Jo! Black and white quilts are great! I have made one and have another one on my bucket list! Glad you finished it and are happy with it!

  3. That quilt turned out amazing! Absolutely adorable!! Now you know that next time you will use a quilt as inspiration and do your own pattern! We live and learn. Enjoy your flexible days. I am a teacher, so I cannot plan my days as I would like because at any moment it could change, just like a school day!

  4. The quilt looks great! It was on my list to make but after the problems you had with the directions I’m not sure I will go forward.

  5. So glad you finished it! It is so pretty….. sorry you had trouble with the pattern but in the end it’s so delightful to look at. I’m sure Jasper & mom will love it.

  6. Judith Fairchild

    It’s a lovely quilt. I’m glad you stuck with it and got it done and done well. Congratulations on a hard pattern well done.

  7. Love the ‘look’ of the book, and bought it ! Would you be able to share what changes you made to the pattern to make the quilt come out !! I would be so grateful ! Thanks ! Take care of yourself Jo !!

  8. What a great finish, its a great quilt. Isn’t it frustrating when a pattern is difficult, this is why I’m glad you proof so many new quilts books for us.

  9. I’m would also like to know how you “fixed “ the poor measurements and directions. I love how yours turned out and would like to make one without struggling also. Thank you for sharing your efforts with us.

  10. I love the quilt. Great job with it!

    If there are any errors, they must be visible only to the maker who labored so hard to finish the quilt. I also have the book, any was hoping to make something lovely from it – but I need to collect some more stripes first, so it goes on the back burner for now.

  11. Jeanne McArdle

    Jeanne from Arizona
    Dear Jo,
    Your quilt is awesome,looks fabulous. Also,love Rosie’s pic. She is a cutie pie and beautiful eyes to boot. Gotta love her!
    Hope all is well with you and family. Love your posts and the other posts as well.
    Love always

  12. Jo, it was worth the struggle as the finished quilt is wonderful!!! I’ll bet if the pattern was written more clear you wouldn’t have had the struggles. So many times there are easier ways to get results but it takes thought and pondering to figure the direction…and some math ;) Kudos for you getting this one to the finish line!!

  13. I haven’t read the other comments but wanted to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS on finishing Jasper’s quilt.
    I bet all quilters at some point have had a request for a quilt that turned into a “will this ever get finished?”.
    Mine was also for a grandson. He’s the best but that quilt- never again!!!!!!!!!!!!!’
    Stay safe and know that we are all in this together.

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