My second entry in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is Baby Steps, which I am entering in the small quilts category. It measures 50 1/2” x 64”.
Until I made Quilter’s Scrapbook (my other BQF entry) I always bought fabric for specific projects and didn’t feel I had enough left of anything that went together to make anything else. I certainly didn’t consider the leftovers a stash. With the success of Quilter’s Scrapbook I was inspired to use up my strings for Sparkling Strings. That went well, so I was encouraged to head to the bins of leftovers instead of the quilt shop when I needed to make a baby quilt last spring. Surprise! I had enough brights and novelty prints to pull this quilt together AND there was fabric left over. I guess I do have a stash after all! It’s just in mostly smaller pieces.
This quilt just went together effortlessly. Besides the fabric jumping out of my bins and saving me a trip to the shop, the quilting cooperated beautifully. As I wrote in April, a cardboard circle saved from some packaging was exactly the right size to fit evenly along both the width and length of the border and wrap around the corners with absolutely no fudging required! How often does that happen? I used my walking foot to quilt straight lines in the steps and to quilt the half-circles in the borders. The swirls in the star are free-motion quilted.
I made this as a baby quilt (generously sized for tummy time and big enough for when the baby grows into a toddler) and I love how it turned out. My blogging friend Sandra recently tested the pattern I wrote for this quilt, using “all grown up” fabrics. You can see her version here. It got me thinking about alternate colorways and I decided to rename the pattern Star Steps, since it obviously works as a more grown-up quilt too.
Since it was so quick and easy to piece, I’m tempted to make it again in a totally different style. I’m plotting…if I can get the list of other things to do down to a manageable size, can I try one of these versions? Which one would tempt you, or would you choose another colorway entirely?