Baby Windmills Quilt

Friday evening the last stitch was taken to tack down the binding and the baby windmills quilt was finished. Nothing like a last-minute finish — the baby is going to be delivered sometime today.   I had decided how I was going to quilt it and, with a little advance planning, was able to get the machine quilting done within a couple of hours and had only 4 thread ends to work in.  All straight line quilting, of course, as that’s my skill level when quilting by machine.

When I found this flannel a couple of years ago, I bought enough yardage of it for the backing for 3 baby quilts.

The label is ready to be written and stitched on to the back.  As soon as we know the baby’s name, I’ll write out and attach the label, give the quilt a quick wash and dry and we’ll be off to deliver it to the hospital.   I’ve found that a 2″ hexagon is perfect for a label as it gives me lots of room to write.  I’ve got the turn-under allowance basted down as that will make the appliqueing on to the back go very quickly.  Right now it’s ironed to a piece of freezer paper to stabilize it when I’m writing on it and the fabric pen is ready and waiting.  I can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or girl!

The quilt was made with “other” half 1″ hexagons which I printed using Inklingo. This was a UFO that had been sitting for a couple of years.  I love tessellating designs and had started this quite a while ago but then it sat.  However, when I learned my cousin’s son and his wife were going to have another baby I knew what this particular UFO was meant to be.  Once I made that decision, it only took a couple of weeks to finish piecing it.  With a tessellating design like this, there are tons of opportunities for continuous stitching which makes the piecing go very quickly.

Lester looking rather majestic — one of his house lion looks.

Smudge has definitely turned a corner, we think.  He’s more playful and is eating more every day.  Sunday night he was playing with the favourite toy, Cappy, and then decided to rest while lying on top of Cappy.  I think he wanted to make sure it didn’t get away from him.

16 thoughts on “Baby Windmills Quilt

  1. Terrific finish and in the nick of time!! Love the label shape perfect for this quilt. You will have to let us all know about the baby. Great photos of both Lester and Smudge.


  2. Such a beautiful quilt. I love the way the colors work together. Impressive!!! That label is really clever, too. 🙂 Way to go.

    Okay Lester definitely looks majestic. Statesman-like I should think. 😉 …and Smudge is so cute with his toy, Cappy, ensuring it doesn’t end up in someone else’s paws. hee!


  3. I love your scrappy Windmill quilt — what a great pattern for a baby quilt, and the fabrics you selected are just perfect. I’m so impressed that you timed the quilt-making so perfectly as to end up finishing on the day the baby was born — how does that happen?

    So happy to hear that Smudge is continuing to improve every day.


  4. Well done Cathi.
    Your Teddy looks very comfortable on the new quilt and as for last minute, at least you aren’t stitching right up to the baby shower or as you drive in the car to deliver the quilt! LOL
    Bye the way…broke down and ordered fabric for a Storm at Sea per your inspiration of batiks of ocean colored blues, purples and greens…mine just doesn’t have the purples


  5. Ooohhhhhhhhhh I love your quilt but love your idea of the hexagon to label it even moreeeeeee do you know how guilty I feel because I never take the time to label my quilts ? The quilt police are always on me for that one and I really can understand why we should but by the time I am finished with a quilt I am too tirid or just don’t think about it. your hexagon idea is absolutely perfect! It only takes a few stitches and it is finished” thanks so much! Linda


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