Friday, August 19, 2016

A Quilt for a Boy

For the past few years I have been making quilts for my nieces and nephews as they have turned 8. It seems like all of the kids were born in groupings and in the past year 2 nephews and my daughter have all turned 8, they are keeping me busy!
A Quilt for a Boy
This quilt is for our nephew Aiden.   He turns 8 this month and that is the age in our church when kids are baptized.  We are going to miss his baptism because of a conflict, so this one is going to have to go in the mail.
A Quilt for a Boy
I used the backing fabric for the color inspiration and went with a variety of blues and greens. The quilt top is made up of 3.75" finished half square triangles so this involved a lot of trimming!  
A Quilt for a Boy
I cut my binding strips 2.75" wide which is what I have been doing more and more often.  When I first started quilting I always used 2.25" wide binding strips, then moved on to 2.5", and now I am preferring 2.75".  One thing that I like about the wider binding is that it seems to be easier to make a nice, crisp corner.  

Finished size: 57" x 68"
Backing Fabric: Denyse Schmidt Franklin
Binding Fabric: Pure Elements Nocturnal (available here)

12 comments :

  1. Beautiful! HSTs always look so classy.

    I definitely find the same thing with wider binding. It's muchard easier to work with and the pretty corners seem much more achievable.

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  2. Beautiful! HSTs always look so classy.

    I definitely find the same thing with wider binding. It's muchard easier to work with and the pretty corners seem much more achievable.

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  3. Green is not my colour but mixed with the blue it's turned out great (in my eyes) - lovely :)

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  4. I love the idea of making quilts for the nieces and nephews when they turn 8. Most of them already have baby quilts from me. ;)
    What size do you usually shoot for? Lap? Twin?

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  5. I love the idea of making quilts for the nieces and nephews when they turn 8. Most of them already have baby quilts from me. ;)
    What size do you usually shoot for? Lap? Twin?

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  6. OHHHH pretty. I love hsts and these colors are wow

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  7. Very sharp! A question about the wider binding: where does the extra fabric lie? Is it out a little from the quilt edge? Or folded farther on the back? Still a quarter-inch seam allowance?

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    1. I see the binding on with more than a quarter inch seam allowance. It ended up closer to 1/2".

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  8. I am doing the same for my nieces and nephews. I have 23 ( in total include 7 greats. Plus there are 4 siblings to make quilts for. Definitely busy here. Love the classic and simple design of this quilt. Your nephew should love this.

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  9. It's a great quilt and I love that back. My question is similar to B DeGayner's. I would like to know if you are sewing the binding on with a quarter inch, what happens to the non-filled part of the binding when it is washed? Thanks

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    1. I used more than 1/4" seam allowance, it was closer to 1/2".

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