We got another new grandbaby this year and so I just had to make a quilt for him. What a great excuse don’tcha think?!
Our little Charlie wasn’t very little at 10lbs 15oz, but he is adorable! He’s about ready for a helmet and pads…
So I had to go to the quilt store and actually purchase new fabric because as luck would have it, I didn’t have any suitable boy fabric. So sad, I know!
Anyway, I have been wanting to do a column quilt that I saw on Nancy Zieman’s Blog. The idea is a combination of Quilt-as-you-Go and creating in the moment (aka not having a plan). I am a big fan of creating in the moment : )
Basically the quilt is sewn in strips and each strip section is batted, backed, and quilted as you go. This is a great method for people like me who don’t own a long arm machine or are too cheap to send every quilt to a long arm quilter.
After I cut the larger center panel columns (the grey w/ polka dot and solid light grey strips) and the other strips for the basic design, I took the extra fabric pieces and cut them into various strip widths – from 2″ – 5″; and then into squares and rectangles. Being exact wasn’t that important because they just needed to be folded somehow. I did find that having larger shapes gave me more flexibility as to where to place them in the column. The key to not having to cut and resew the center strips is that the shapes are placed on the column strips. Then the column strip is folded around the rough edge of the shape and sew 1/4″ to enclose the raw edge of the geometric shape. Pretty nifty eh?
Since the back is assembled one strip at a time, I took advantage of that and made the back interesting with the variety of fabrics on the front of the quilt.
I might mention that I sewed the front and back pieces of the each next column to the previous completed column before adding the batting. Some people add the batting at the same time and stitch it into the seam. I thought that was too lumpy. So just before quilting, I laid the batting inside and used a glue stick to keep it in place – just a small line right next to the 1/4″ seam from the previous column.
And here’s the final quilt.
Charlie’s Mommy loved it!