Sweet baby quilt!
This fabric collection is Little Brown Bear by Janet Jones for Quilting Treasures, and available at Fabrics N Quilts. I had won a gift certificate for entering the Scrap Quilt Challenge last year, and purchased these fabrics. They are so sweet! Cute bears, bumble bees and a fun pindot in aqua.
I used the pattern Girls Best Friend by Quilt In A Day. Are they diamonds or are they stars? Great pattern! I sewed it on my 1954 Singer 15-91, and quilted it on my Viking Sapphire 850. I put super soft minkee fabric on the back. When I brought the top to JoAnn's to get the backing, I knew I wanted cuddle fleece or something soft. I love that for a baby quilt. I picked out the few I thought would look good. One was pale pink with embossed stars. The other was blue, and I picked the brown. I would have gone with a lighter tan shade, but they didn't have it. I prefer the cuddle fabrics that have a knit back, so they are not too stretchy. That would make the quilting really difficult. The customers all said the quilt looked more boyish, and that the brown would be best. I had already decided on the brown, but it's always fun to get opinions. As for the boyish, I actually thought it looked more girlish, with the peach. It's always fun to hear the different viewpoints.
I used the awesome Aurifil 50wt Mako thread to quilt it and piece it. All of my machines use Aurifil. I never have any problems with it. No breaks, great color matches, and it just looks so good! I used 2320, a sweet honey tan color, that looks awesome. I tested a peachy pink, and creamy colors, and even the blue/aqua, but this one looked the best. Because of the minkee, it really sinks into the fabric, and looks great against all the colors. I accented the diamond design by just doing a curved diamond to the points, in all of the blocks. The inner border was left open, and the outer has feathers. I didn't want the quilt to be too stiff, and lots of dense quilting can do that. Since minkee has a nap and can stretch, the less quilting you do on it, the better, I think. Batting is Warm & Natural, so this quilt is totally cuddle-worthy.
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