Today I have a fun, colourful quilted baby mat pattern for you to download.
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Given the star motif I’m calling the pattern When You Wish… (thank you, Walt Disney).
I don’t often buy fat quarter bundles – I’m a half yard stasher (sometimes a full yard stasher). But when I was offered the chance to sew with a fat quarter bundle of Karen Lewis’ Blueberry Park for Robert Kaufman, I jumped at the chance.
The colours are beautiful and saturated and generally have small scale prints, making them oh-so-useful and stash-worthy. (ETA: The Karen Lewis bundle is hard to find now – this fat quarter solids bundle would also work well*)
This pattern is perfect for a quilting beginner, made with squares and half square triangles (HSTs).
I divided the colours of Blueberry Park into warm and cool palettes and assigned them to each of the four quadrants.
Quilts with legs: my new favourite.
When You Wish… measures 36.5″ x 36.5″. I love this width for a baby quilt as it can be backed with a single stretch of yardage.
I had fun quilting this one – the warm quadrants were quilted with tangerine thread, the cool quadrants with aqua.
I used the patchwork seams and the edge of my walking foot – no guide lines were drawn.
When my needle is in the centre position it measures a half inch from the edge of my walking foot. When I was close to my pivot point I used a small ruler to check for the spot where I was a half inch from the next patchwork line. I would sew up to that spot and then pivot. Sometimes I was a little over or under (which happens when your stitch length is long, as it is when you quilt); I would just adjust the next line to account for that discrepancy. It was all very much by eye and by feel – nothing stressful about it at all.
Above you can see how I quilted each quadrant. These were the first lines and then I filled each portion in with lines that echoed them.
I backed When You Wish… with some leftover Elizabeth Hartman wideback (in Ultra Marine).
I used some of the purple FQs from the Blueberry Park bundle to bind the quilt:
I decided to machine bind this one and did so with a zig-zag stitch (tutorial on this here) in an aubergine thread:
I love how quick, easy and forgiving this method of binding is. And it’s so robust for a baby mat which will receive copious amounts of poo, spew and washings.
My only complaint is that it did leave a slight wavy edge on the quilt:
But I suspect that will wash out once it has it’s first bath. Regardless, it’s not enough of a worry to stop me from using this method again. Sometimes, you’ve just gotta get her done.
If you know of a little star who needs a baby quilt, I hope you will make them a When You Wish… Baby Mat!
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