Monday, June 8, 2015

Cheater’s Quilt Baby Gift

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Quilts are pretty, but they can take a lot of time.   Baby quilts are small and quick {and cute}, especially when you do a cheater’s quilt.  A cheater’s quilt is a quilt made using fabric that already has a patchwork pattern.  Here is fabric I got for a quilt for a baby boy.

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The patchwork will be the front of the quilt and the striped fabric will be for the back.  They are both flannel ~ soft and cozy for a baby!  No tutorial here, but you can find lots of tutorials and ideas for cheater’s quilts on Pinterest.  Just type in “cheater’s quilt”.

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Ready for the binding.

After washing both fabrics {I am using the full yard of each}, I sandwiched batting in between the two fabrics and pinned through the three layers {fabric, batting, fabric}.  I cut them all even and square. I then started sewing along the lines that were in the patchwork pattern fabric.  I did the horizontal lines first and then did the vertical.  This is what helps it look like you did actually quilt it.

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Now it needs some binding and I followed a tutorial on Pinterest for attaching that.  Not too thrilled with how I did it, but it looks okay.

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Once the binding has been sewn on you want to wash it and toss in the dryer.

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All done and ready to be gift wrapped!

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I broke this project up over a couple of days because I didn’t have the quilt binding on hand, but the cutting, pinning and sewing portion took about 2 – 2 1/2 hours. 

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It will make for a nice gift for the mother-to-be {my daughter’s friend who is due in July}.

 

On a side note, {and in case anyone else was having the issue} I’m back up and running with Live Writer.  I downloaded the 2012 version and it seems to publish just like it used to, so hopefully, problem solved. 

13 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

I don't call this cheating at all! You are a talented sewer (is that a word?), and I love this! Yay!

Jane x

vivian said...

Adorable! nothing wrong with doing it the easy way. It turned out really cute! You always make the sweetest things!
Have a great week my friend!
xoxo
vivian

Okio B Designs said...

Adorable! Now that's a quilt project I could probably manage.

Jeanine

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love it, how fun. Great tutorial too.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

That's not cheating it just smart! It is absolutely beautiful and it really is handmade! Lovely!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Kathy, this is adorable. You did a great job. Love the fabrics. Sure doesn't look like cheating to me.
Beautiful gift.
xo

Cynthia said...

Love the colors and pattern

Cindy

JP said...

Very nice, Kathy...I love short cuts and your cheating method is right up my alley!

handmade by amalia said...

This is lovely, Kathy. One mother to be is going to be very happy.
Amalia
xo

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

That's GORGEOUS, Kathy! Very nice, well done, ma'am!!!

She is going to love this hand made thoughtful unique gift! ♥

Maria Elena said...

It is beautiful1 I just love this idea. xxx Mara

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

So love this Kathy...and the Mother To Be will surely be so excited to received this lovely quilt made with so much love ...

Doreen@househoneys said...

This will be one lucky mother to be to receive such a lovely gift Kathy. While I so admire quilts, I can't imagine doing one because of the time it would take, but this method is something to consider for sure.

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