Baby Harry's Quilt

Project Description

What was your inspiration? My friend, Zoe, and her husband were having a baby but chose not to find out whether it would be a boy or a girl before the birth. I therefore made a very simple quilt, similar to the one I made for my great-granddaughter, Lily (also on my projects page), in colours that would be suiltable for either. The baby turned out to be a boy and the quilt comes in very useful as a play-mat now that he (Harry) is crawling. I just quilted "in the ditch", which seemed to be sufficient, after backing the quilt with some white fabric with multi-coloured dots..

What you will need

  • Cotton fabric mainly left over from other projects
  • cotton thread
  • polyester wadding (batting).

Q&A with patz in suffolk

bartolli asked:
Very pretty quilt, great job! You mentioned that you use polyester wadding batting, are they thick or thin one? Also, when you quilt them, do you use the stitch in the ditch technique or else? How do you choose color of the thread for quilting? My Jacob's Ladder top piece is completed now (16 blocks), I'm in the process of picking out the border and back fabric, I'm very nervous because this would be my first time really do the quilting. Any advices and suggestions from you would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
patz in suffolk answered:
I used Hobbs Poly-Down Premium polyester wadding which is fairly thick and makes a nice, soft and washable quilt. This quilt is stitched in the ditch with transparent polyester thread in the spool and pure cotton in a colour that blends with the backing in the bobbin. The "invisible" thread in the spool helps the stitching in the ditch to more or less disappear (provided you don't miss the ditch!). If you are going to do free motion quilting on the quilt, you will need a coloured or neutral cotton thread in the bobbin either to blend or contrast with your quilt top - the choice is yours! I'd advise making a practice piece first and trying out different colours and patterns. I hope this helps. I'm not a really skillful quilter, nor am I very experienced, so it might be a good idea to seek someone else's opinion as well. Good luck and I look forward to seeing photos of your fiished Jacob's Ladder quilt in due course. Patricia
bartolli asked:
Thanks a lot for all the information you provided. Since the batting is thick, will it be hard on regular sewing machine? I've an old Janome machine. Do you pre-wash the backing fabric since I didn't pre-wash the pre-cut fabric? Thanks again.
patz in suffolk answered:
You shouldn't find it hard to sew. I made all my earlier quilts, most of which are on my project page, on a 36-year-old Frister & rossmann Cub 4 sewing machine, which is really tiny. I don't think you'll have any trouble at all. I only pre-wash fabrics if they're very strongly coloured - I'm much too lazy!