It has been quite a while since I used my sewing machine. It’s really sad. I tend to only sew when I either need to hem pants or make a baby quilt. I use to be SO into random crafting, but lately..I’ve been a bit uninspired. Womp wah…
When I started making baby quilts a few years ago, I promised my best friend that when she was pregnant, I would absolutely make a quilt for her baby. Since this is my best friend, I felt like I needed to try a more challenging pattern than my usual charm pack or strip quilts. I’ve had this pattern from Bijou Lovely bookmarked for a couple of years now (here is her updated pattern that I used), so I figured now was the time to give it a shot!
Since I wasn’t in the mood to cut out perfect circles, I purchased a Go Baby circle die (which is a cartridge for the Go Baby fabric cutter). I swear, that machine makes quilting so much easier. I really don’t like cutting lol!
For the quilt, I used 7 different fabrics for the circles. My friend is team green, so I stuck to a palette of blues/greens/yellows/oranges. I tried to make everything have hints of her nursery decor in there, from the green gingham binding (which matched her basket liners in the nursery) to the ABC fabric (which was similar to her nursery bedding). I’m always a bit worried when it comes to ordering fabric online, but the colors worked so well together!
I also loved using this Essex Putty fabric for the background. I really think this fabric makes colors on a quilt pop! It’s so great…I’m actually kind of bummed that I waited so long to finally use this fabric, actually.
I will say that this pattern is definitely worth making again. I loved making this quilt, and I feel like the pattern wasn’t bad at all (I’d like to think I’m an advanced beginner at quilting, just to give you an idea…). However, I did use a die cutter for the circles, so that part was a breeze.
Here’s the finished quilt. I ended up cutting it a bit in size (not using the full circles), because I stupidly ran out of quilt backing fabric. I still think it looks great, though!
I think it’s SO adorable! Also, you can see it a lot better on the back side of the quilt, but all I did for the quilting was “stitch in the ditch”. The actual quilting really didn’t take much time at all, since I did it this way.
And…I had to include this picture. The mom-to-be has a dog herself, and didn’t mind that Millie snuggled up to this blanket before it was done. She’s such a good helper haha! Thank goodness for lint rollers.