You might remember that I’m trying to get real with my UFOs. I am on a push to get 6 finished by the first of July. That would be half of the UFOs I have if I could do it. That would be awesome. It’s not that I’m against UFOs. I just want some space back in my sewing room. Eliminating the totes would give me more space!
So today’s finish started back in January of 2020….
A blog reader gave me a bunch of bonus triangles. They were a bright printed fabric with a gray background. I played around with them and ended up coming up with this block. I was SUPER lucky that I was able to match the gray she had used with a gray that I had in my stash.
I loved the block. It used up a ton of scraps…but then the projects stalled out. I couldn’t come up with a layout that I loved. Another problem…I only had 42 blocks. It was an odd number…not enough for a bed quilt…too many for a baby quilt. I know I could make a lap quilt but honestly, I’m not into lap quilts. We’re all tall big people at my house and for us, we love a twin-sized quilt as a lap quilt.
So it continued to stall.
Then I got all excited about finishing my UFO projects and being these were already in blocks, it would be quicker to finish than some of my other projects…so…I made two baby quilts. These are on the big size for baby quilts. I really make more of a toddler quilt. It’s not recommended that babies sleep with quilts until they are over the age of one so…I like to make bigger baby quilts. When they are little babies they can use these for playmats and grow into them.
It was a dreary day when I took the pictures. The grays ended up looking darker and more blue/gray.
I was working with the number of blocks that I had and wanted to use them all if possible…so I ended up with one quilt in a 5×5 setting and one in a 4×4 setting.
Here is the one in 5×5 setting…
I did a simple layout with a colored cornerstone in the sashing.
To frame it I added the scrappy border.
On the corners, I added this cute design that kind of mimics the block. I love the look.
The color of the gray is the color you see in the photo above.
For the backing, I used a sheet. I thought it was fun and kid-friendly.
Something I did when I was working on these two quilts was to quilt them at the same time. I loaded an extra-long backing that was big enough to accommodate both quilts. This was it eliminated the need to load backing fabric twice.
Something that didn’t save time…I used up all the odd leftover pieces of batting…but, it saved money so it was a wash.
Above is the true color of the quilts.
Here is the smaller quilt with the pieced border.
I again used colored cornerstone sashing on this one.
I did a simple stipple on both of the quilts with a light gray thread on top and a white for the backing.
I did a triple pieced border to mimic the nine patches in the center of the blocks.
Both of the quilts got a scrappy pink binding and the same backing fabric.
I am setting these aside and will use them if I need a girl baby gift or if I need something for a charity event. I like having something on hand and don’t need to panic if I’m asked for something.
So, which one do you like better…the one with the scrappy nine-patch border or the bigger one in the 5×5 setting? Me, I can’t decide.
The thing I do know is…I’m thrilled to have another UFO off my list.
…and Rosie, she’s thrilled I have a treat in my hand that she is going to get as soon I was done taking pictures.
She’s a little beggar dog.
So…if you’re keeping track that makes three UFOs completely finished…
and now the bonus triangle baby quilts.
Whoot! Whoot! I’m doing this!