Written By: Susan Briscoe
When I was pregnant with my son, my goal was to sew him a quilt. Let's just say, that NEVER happened. Charis has one serged fleece blanket, one quilt, two hand knit blankets, and one crocheted blanket, but Justin only has one serged fleece blanket. Finally I decided that I wanted to sew him a quilt.
One book I recently borrowed from the library was 150 Blocks for Baby Quilts. As you may have guessed, this book has 150 blocks to pick from. I like that I can pick what: interests me and is at my skill level. The author tells the reader whether the block is easy, intermediate, and advanced. Currently, I'm just picking the easy blocks, and as I get better, I'll go from there.
My first plan since I never made a quilt was to cut 4.5 inch X 4.5 inch squares (for seam allowances) and sew them together into a quilt. But as I looked through 150 Blocks for Baby Quilts, I realized I don't have to have uniform blocks throughout the whole quilt. I could have one row with 4 inch squares, another row with 6, 8, or 12 inch squares. I can choose how I want the quilt to look. This book also has a lot of applique ideas, which I love and want to try, but 36 of the applique patterns are just numbers and letters. If you are just starting to quilt and are looking for ideas, look into 150 Blocks for Baby Quilts.
The first (and only) quilt block I made was the "Four Patch" (Number 40. Found on page 55.)
Have you ever sewn a quilt for someone? Were you gifted a handmade quilt?