Last Minute Bow Tie Quilt

Baby quilts! Everybody, and I do mean everybody is either having a baby, or getting ready to have a baby,

A friend of mine posted a picture of his wife at Easter, and I though – oh, she’s more pregnant than I realized, I should get on that baby quilt….

The next post on Bookface had the bambino coming a little early. Little Baby A is just fine, and has been at home for a few weeks now.

Oops.

Enter the bowtie baby blanket. Dad wears bowties, so I thought it was appropriate. When I went to a trade show last year, I picked up two packs of charm square that are sewing related. When I took out the fabrics that had shears and sewing machines on them, it tones it down to just interesting squiggles.

This is a super simple block, and I was able to get the front pieced in one afternoon.I used white muslin for the background fabric. I decided to use Ikea home decor fabric for the back – it was in the stash. Did I mention that I did not have to buy anything to make this? Everything came from the stash, even the batting.

I love the hippos. Whimsical and cute. I pillow finished it, also known as envelope finishing. The first time, I made the quilt sandwich wrong (that’s what I get for rushing. I honestly know better), and had to rip it out. The second time, I made it correctly. No binding! I don’t mind binding, and really enjoy the hand part of it, but this was all about getting things done in a timely manner.

I had thought to use the hippo outline to quilt it, but decided that it would be too fussy, and I wanted the emphasis to be on the blocks, not on the quilting, which is my usual MO.

I used two strands of rainbow pearl cotton held together to tie it together. Simple, easy, and fast. I also like how the colors don’t clash with All of the Color in the rest of the quilt.

It ended up being 34 1/2″ x 53″. Perfect for the car and the crib.

Welcome to the world, Little A!

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