Another Finished Quilt – Stars and Stripes

I finished the baby quilt in time. OH’s sister is no longer contracting and has 3 weeks to go and is probably going to go full term now. She’s very bored! Here it is…

The pattern is from 25 Ways to Sew Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes and Charm Packs by Brioni Greenberg, but uses half of the blocks so it’s closer to baby size. I gave her it on saturday and she said it was a “nice blanket” and that her aunt had made her one too. WHAT?! I’m assuming it’s crocheted- everyone knows I’m the quilt maker in this family. They had assumed I’d bought it though, which perhaps is why they were underwhelmed. Not that I’d expect them to be overwhelmed, but whelmed would have been nice!

Size – 52″ x 40″
Number of blocks –20, but 3 different types
Time to piece – 4 hours approx (including unpicking when I did too many grey borders. D’oh.)
Time to quilt – 1 1/2 hours approx (home machine)
Fabric – Bluebird Park and twenty Thr3e precuts, plus white left over from Liberty quilt and some ash grey Kona.
Backing Fabric – Grey chevrons
Binding Fabric – More Bluebird Park strips
Threads – Aurifil 50wt really white, not sure of the number, all the way through.
Batting – Cheap 4oz polyester but wadding taped to others because my cotton I bought was too small.
Quilting- Simple stipple.

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That’s my September finish for the Lovely Year of Finishes done then (original link up here)!


  1. Posted September 16, 2013 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    I love the colours of this quilt!
    My favorite is the fabric with bicycles (I love cycling)!
    I would have sure have been whelmed to receive one, if not over-.
    It looks soft too!

  2. Posted September 16, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Well I think its bloomin lovely! Maybe next time put more mistakes in then they’ll know its not bought?!! lol

  3. Posted September 16, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Woohoo, way to beat that baby into the world lol

  4. Posted September 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I say things like, I had the best time picking the fabrics for you and if there is ever a problem, let me know so I can fix it. Also a label helps I suppose but I often forget those. Remember she is distracted by cooking a baby, It is a beautiful quilt.

  5. Posted September 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kerry! Nice?! People don’t have any idea how much work and feelings it needs to make one quilt. From the first photo I loved this! Fabrics are most beautiful and the pattern is fantastic! It’s so interesting how there are stars, squares, big squares etc. I forgot how it’s called when there is secong ‘shapes’. Unfortunately it’s often better to buy a ‘booring’ present than put all the effort for handmade item. x Teje

  6. Posted September 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Ooooh, it’s gorgeous! I know how you feel about people being underwhelmed (love your originality with the word 🙂 It kinda hurts, huh? All that work and, with me, anyway, stressing on whether they’ll like it or not, and trying to make it perfect, only to get a ho-hum reaction. Oh, well, we have fun doing what we do and we can’t keep them ALL to ourselves!

  7. @ quiltova
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I would be very whelmed if it were for me, even with a baby cooking! I can’t believe your got that reaction.. Sadly it seems not everyone gets the home made quilt thang, so I’m a bit careful who i make for.

  8. Posted September 17, 2013 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    See, you have to put a note in the card along the lines of ‘PS I made the quilt with 100% cotton, so you will be able to wash it in the machine with no problems’, or some such unsubtle, but helpful comment!
    It’s a beauty xxx

  9. Posted September 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I hope you put them straight about it be handmade and not bought! It looks great. I don’t see a baby quilt as being a blanket, my brother used to use the one I made for his nephew for when he was lying on the floor, not to wrap him in

  10. jody deschenes
    Posted September 27, 2013 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    once i made my mom a beautiful sapphire (her birthstone) & chain necklace for her birthday and she said, “i really like the clasp” (it was a lobster clasp). so, i feel your pain. forget their underwhelm, IT IS ADORABLE & AWESOME!!!!! (;

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