My mom made a blanket for her cousin Amilia’s baby. (Same cousin for whom I designed the Baby’s First Fair Isle sweater). The construction was simple. It is made from 3 – 1 1/2 inch strips sewn together dark-light-dark in what’s called a strip-set. Then the strips are cut into 3 1/2 inch squares. Mom rotated alternate blocks and then sewed them together. This makes a quilt where the finished blocks are each 3 inches square. Placing 10 blocks by 12 blocks makes a final quilt size of 30 x 36 inches – the perfect size for a baby.
Although the quilt top isn’t particularly baby-like in pattern or fabric selection, it’s the quilting that mom designed and quilted that make it perfect for a wee babe. She drew a teddy bear in the center with radial lines of quilting behind it, hearts in each corner, and a ribbon with a heart along each side.
Here’s a close up of the quilted teddy bear. Barely visible on the front, its cuteness, detail, and design shine through on the back.