Sometimes I Just Sew Squares

Neonate quilt

36 x 36

I almost didn’t post this “ordinary” quilt, but then did.  I like to know that other people don’t always design exotic quilts, and even sometimes share their mistakes. So here it is.

Because I’d missed a couple meetings while on vacation, I missed the call for neonatal quilts. But a reminder email said I had till Friday to get one in. I can do this, I thought.

It helped that the chicken fabric was already cut into 6 1/2 inch squares. (Note to self: get going on precutting those scraps.) I did the old fashioned thing of “make do” for being three blocks short. Only mine aren’t all at the end because I do lay out blocks before joining them.

I had a perfect piece for the back, I thought. Turns out I’d previously cut a strip off the one-yard piece, so it is good that pieced backs are in.

Quilt back

I birthed it instead of binding it and quilted it with meandering. I forgot to take a picture before putting it in the wash.  (The request was for prewashed; I didn’t know if that meant fabric or product.) So here it is all nice and crinkly.

quilted and washed

Sometimes it is good to have a fast project.

Some of my friends find improv relaxing. I do not. I enjoy the product, but don’t calmly grab and stitch. It relaxes me to have a stack of squares prearranged that I can sit and stitch without thinking. It is good that we all have different styles and methods! Keeps the book writers busy.

I just found Finish it up Friday and linked; the other Friday links are buttons to the right.



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12 responses to “Sometimes I Just Sew Squares

  1. dezertsuz

    Yes, I’m with you, all the way down this post. =) Love your fast little quilt. Perfect and some mom and baby will think so, too. I like the addition of the purple squares and the strip on the back. That’s improv enough. LOL

  2. quilt32

    Pretty squares like this always make a charming quilt.

  3. Lovely! I have a “thing” for simple patchwork, too, and completely understand how relaxing it can be.

  4. Shauna

    I’m with you, sometimes it is just fun to sew squares. I’m always drawn to simple quilts, because I think they are beautiful and remind me of my grandmother’s quilts.

  5. Marie

    it’s adorable! some infant is going to be wrapped in love.

  6. Sometimes it’s nice to just sew squares and to birth them. All baby quilts I’ve made have been birthed — even before I’d heard that term!

  7. Lovely quilt! Sometimes squares are just right. I enjoy doing improv but I don’t find it relaxing either.

  8. Easy squares and sunny yellow – what’s not to like?! It turned out adorable.
    Kathy T. in Tampa

  9. Kristine

    I’m a newbie to quilting and have a seriously hard time binding. What is birthing???

    • You stitch all around the edges, leaving a small opening for turning–hence the name. I put the backing face up, the quilt top face down, then the batting. And stitch. Then turn and press. Then stitch the opening closed and continue to top stitch all around. I then quilt from the middle out.It bunches a bit at the edges, so I don’t quilt all the way to the edge–maybe leave 1/4 – 1/2 inch space. The bunching is not too noticeable after washing. It does not wear as well as binding if that matters to you.

  10. Kristine

    Aha gotcha. Seriously excited to try this with machine quilting. I always thought it would bunch and move too much but maybe with some tacking I can keep it to a minimum. I’m not eager to bind. Thanks for the explanation!

  11. I’ve done that before –forgotten that there’s a chunk cut out of a fabric. For me, it didn’t work out too well, since the projects was one where you make three tops by cutting three yards of fabric and rearranging. However, your pieced back is great, like a two-for-one. I like to break up complicated projects with something a bit less mentally strenuous too.

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