Dark Batik Baby Quilt OMG Finished
Happy Memorial Day weekend to our USA friends – it doesn’t quite have the same thrill as it has in the past. But I digress. I’m weak when it comes to a fabric sale. Things get purchased without a real plan in place, and it drives Sue nuts. Over-the-edge nuts. Two little, pretty batik charm packs in dark and light blue came into our lives via a Missouri Star Quilt Company sale. Not just the charm packs but also some yardage – enough for two Irish Chain baby quilts. Perfect for Sue to hand quilt – I had that plan in mind the whole time. Truly.
I’m Talking Pretty Batik
The darn daily email comes bright and early while I’m at work or at home. It tempts me, and then I forward it to Sue saying clever things like “cute” or “do we need”? Once she gives me even a glimmer of interest, I jump on it. A plan along with all the needed supplies jump into my head, and I press ORDER. Then it arrives and Sue asks what is this for?!! Seriously. I have to remember everything. In this particular case, I did remember what these charm packs and yardage were for. Look at how pretty this batik fabric is!
Dark and Light Batik
The plan is to make a dark and light batik-featured baby quilt from the same fabrics. In this quilt top, the nine-patch blocks and the border feature the dark navy batik fabric. Next time, the lighter batik fabric will be more prominent in the nine-patch and border. Once this Dark Batik quilt top was together, Sue started hand quilting it near the end of April 2019. It had officially become a UFO but it has now had a resurgence in the light of day.
Hoop De Dark Batik
Sue hooped it up and chose a cute whale-shaped image to outline. She also switched to a different thread so one annoyance would be eliminated. It seems that a thread makes all the difference with fewer knots and breakage once she switched to polyester. Some stitching in the ditch around the nine-patches and whales in the open areas began in earnest. There was hope to finish this yearlong project in May 2020.
Dark Batik Border, Binding and Backing
Once all of the hand quilting was finished, I stepped in to polish off the borders. It’s very hard to capture a navy-on-navy quilting pattern, but there are two rows of waves around all four sides. It seems some sunshine is just the ticket to highlight the quilting just so.
A dark blue/navy binding was chosen as a non-attention claiming frame to wrap up this project with a bow. Neither one of us can remember a thing about the backing but I sure do like all the colors in it. I’m cutting and saving a few scraps for the next doll quilt!
With this final ta-da photo, this wraps up our May OMG project quite nicely to share on Patty’s Elm Street Quilts linky party. We’ll also be sharing this finish on a few friends’ linky parties found in the sidebar. Lastly, we will also share as a quarter two finish-along on Instagram. If you’d like some hints and tips to make your own version of an Irish Chain, we have shared a five-part tutorial on doing so.
Dark Blue Batik Final Home
It seems that Sue and I have been remiss in making a special quilt for Colt to use at Gamma’s house. He has been photographed on Dominic’s To The Moon quilt and Addison’s pink Irish Chain. It seems quite fitting that this year-long patient quilt would be perfect for him. It does match his eyes so nicely as you can see in these sweet photos.
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