A Cheerful Finish

This is quite possibly the most cheerful quilt I have made yet. The colors are so bright, just to look at it makes me smile. I hope my niece and her husband will enjoy it when they receive it. My timing couldn’t have been better as my niece went into labor early this morning and is at the hospital right now. We should hear about baby’s arrival sometime today. How exciting!

The pattern, When You Wish, by Kristy of Bonjour Quilts is adorable. Simple HST’s and five inch squares make it a breeze to assemble. I think it would be really cute with other color patterns but for this project, I shamelessly copied Kristy’s quilt because I wanted a rainbow themed quilt.

It is a tiny quilt at 36″ x 36″ but perfect for baby’s tummy time, going outside, or covering baby in the car seat. My niece lives in Southern CA and the baby has two older siblings. I think this baby quilt will get lots of use at the park or in the back yard.

Quilting is simply straight lines about 1 1/2 inches apart. I drew a few lines with a ruler and chalk-o-liner and also used the seams to keep me on track.

This quilt was made entirely of fabrics I had in my stash. For the backing, I chose the, now out of print, Numerals fabric by Ikea. I have been holding on to this piece for several years and it looks great with this quilt. I would surely love to find another piece of this? Β Anyone holding on to some that you are willing to part with?? (A girl can always dream….)

Love the black and white binding? It is the Cheerios piece from the Sweet Tweets line which I have in my shop. I think this print would be perfect as a binding for almost any quilt. I love the boldness of the design and it frames the star beautifully. I machine stitched the binding — I often do with a baby quilt because of the number of times the quilt will likely be laundered.

Now that this is washed, crinkled, and ready to go, I will pack it up and send it to Southern California. Three new babies have arrived and three baby quilts are finished. What a nice start to the year. πŸ™‚

Linking up all over the place. Find my list of linkys at the top of the page, under Link Ups. I am also linking up at She Can Quilt for the end of Q1 FAL link up. Β This baby quilt was one of my Q1 goals! Yahoo.

24 thoughts on “A Cheerful Finish

  1. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Bernie! I adore this bright and delightful baby quilt! Thank you for the link to the pattern, I will gladly be snagging it and creating at least one quilt, if not several, for my Project Linus Guild. I am also so thankful that you showed how you quilted yours. I use my Walking Foot and mainly straight line quilt and seeing the way that other Excellent Quilters (like you, Bernie) quilt their fabulous quilts can give me the confidence to try a pattern such as the one that you have done here! Thank you so much for sharing this splendid quilt post today! You quilt is SPECTACULAR!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      This is a perfect quilt for Project Linus. Uses scraps, comes together quickly and has so much color. I hope you enjoy making one too. Quilting with the walking foot is so simple – much easier than free motion quilting. (in my opinion anyway!) Thanks for stopping by Brenda. πŸ™‚

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Wow, Linda – thank you. I didn’t even google it because I had a hard time finding it three years ago when I bought this piece. Very cool!! I appreciate your help. <3

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  2. Wendy

    What a happy quilt, Bernie! I love the colors and the quilting. That backing fabric is really fun; I can see why you want more of it. So nice!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Wendy! This sweet baby was born all healthy and happy this morning. What a treat to have all of these new babies in the family!

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  3. Gloria Cotten

    Being an often scrappy quiltere myself, I do like this quilt! I often cut my scraps into 5″ squares where possible so I may shamelessly copy yours only bigger. Thanks to you and Kristy for sharing!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I think this would be cute in navy blue and silvery scraps — like a shooting star. Also, just yellows and oranges – like the sun? Or, holiday colors – kind of scrappy with some gold and silver glitzy holiday fabrics. Lots of fun ways to use of scraps with this pattern. πŸ™‚

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  4. Lisa

    This is a cheerful little quilt thanks for the link as I am always looking for simple quilts I can expand into donation quilts.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Lisa: This is a great pattern for a donation quilt. Let me know if you make one – I would love to see it. πŸ™‚
      Hope all is well and that spring shows up soon in your neck of the woods.

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  5. Tish

    Bernie, this turned out so bright and fun πŸ™‚ It will be perfect for the baby and sounds like it will get quite a bit of use. That Ikea fabric…man I love it!

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  6. Kate

    Lovely, so bright and cheerful, perfect for a baby. The quilting suits the design perfectly and I love the binding. So happy another baby has arrived safe and sound.

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  7. Kaholly

    SO, so pretty! Hmm, I’m coveting my Numerals by IKEA fabric so much, I can’t bring myself to use it! They need to bring it back! Let’s all write letters! XO

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  8. Mary @ Fleur de Lis Quilts

    Such a beauty! Those rainbow colors are perfect for a happy baby. And one with older, proud siblings will be very happy playing with then on this beauty. I did not get any of that backing fabric, but I’m fairly sure there would be nothing left in my stash to share. lol It would all be on quilts. I’ve seen lots of quilts with it (via blogs) and they all look fantastic. Kinda wish I’d gotten some, even though I’m on a fabric diet. πŸ™‚

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