Third Quilt: Pooh Bear Baby Quilt

Mitered corners came out ok.

On Thursday, I was sitting around my room, bumming that it was so cold and lonely in there by myself. My son was asleep and my sweetheart was home. It was just me, keeping warm in my big bed all by myself.

Looking across the room I realized that if I felt up to it, my Pooh Bear Baby Quilt was calling for me to finish it. But finishing it would mean I’d have to get up and I’d have to walk over there and work. After some thinking and lazing around, I finally got up and walked the short distance to my machine.

Once I was there, I flew. In just under two hours I cut, pressed, bound and finished this quilt. In two hours I wrapped up this 6 year project.

Finished

I did things a little differently and I’m not sure if I like it. When I placed the pressers foot down, I realized that my binding was the same width as my foot. So if if sewed with my foot pressed right up against the edge of the binding, I would better be able to keep a straight line!

Will consider moving my needle over next time.

As you can see, that means the stitching ended up in the middle of the binding leaving a little “ruffle”. Now, this is a baby quilt so the “ruffle” doesn’t look bad. But, next quilt I may move my needle over so that it will hopefully run right against the edge and leave a cleaner seam.

Not as good as the last one

My front corners came out ok but the back corners didn’t come out as clean. As you can see, the seam veers off, missing the binding a bit and ending up on the back of the quilt. And, if I wasn’t careful, the seams wouldn’t match up when I met at the corner in the front. I learned lots about my binding abilities from this one and I hopefully will have a cleaner technique on the next.

Top side

Over all, it’s cute. Still needs to be washed and pressed so that it’s presentable. But I’ve come away with some new techniques and some new tips for myself. First of all, pin it down or baste the layers together. I had a lot of waves roll through the layers and it’s not a smooth as I’d like it to be. I’m lazy when it comes to pinning but I think I’m going to need to get over that and start pinning my layers together before I quilt. Also, play with the tension before hand. This machine is old and I never learned how to properly use it so I doubt my tension is always correct. Also, use the needle positioning tab and move it around. Feel it out and play with it, see how it looks when it’s to the right or the left of center. In general, get to know my machine more.

 

Unfinished: Pooh Bear Baby Quilt

I love babies.

I love babies and all that baby stuff.

Ok maybe not pink baby stuff but I love the soft colors, the simple patterns and just the delicate nature of a fresh new life.

6 years ago I was gifted a fat quarter bundle of Classic Pooh Bear material. It was precious! And I knew that someday I’d like to have a baby and decorate completely in a Pooh Bear motif.

Well that day came and that idea flew so fast out of my head, I don’t even remember it leaving my brain. All I knew is that when they said I was having a boy, my theme would be Noah’s Ark.

And I’m not even religious.

But Noah was his theme and it’s pretty appropriate to this day since he has a huge obsession with animals and all living creatures. Especially scaly, slimy ones.

Every mothers’ dream.

So for years that Pooh Bear quilt sat untouched as I moved around. It’s just a simple quilt top with some borders added.

Borders and squares

Simple, non-gender specific. A great quilt for a new baby gift.

Back and front

The backing is a light yellow, an almost off-white color. It’s so simple and yet so sweet. I just love it!

It desperately needs to be pressed. Then after I do that, the next step is to quilt the pieces together. I thought for aesthetic purposes I’d only machine quilt the solid colored squares. Then I’ll quilt around the inner edge of the border before starting the binding which will be the same off-white, soft yellow color of the back.

Check back to see my progress.