WIP Wednesday - Nautical Baby Quilt

It's unusual for me to have two 'work in progress' posts in two weeks, but I've been working on a couple of longer term projects at the minute. This is about the second of those - my nautical baby quilt.




After the last time I posted about the quilt I got lots of helpful feedback about batting and quilting - thanks so much to everyone for their input. In the end I went for Quilters Dream Orient batting, which is a mix of bamboo, silk, Tencel (eucalyptus wood pulp, apparently) and cotton. I know, fancy. I also bought a walking foot for my machine. Instead of going for the Janome one which was £50 I went for the more modestly priced universal foot at £20. Seems to work well, and if anyone wants any information about the universal walking foot let me know and I'll do a post about it.

I also changed my mind about the backing fabric and added another layer of nauticality with a printed cotton. Progress with the quilt got a bit held up after my iron was out of action and I had to get a new cord put on it, but just now I'm in the middle of the actual quilting part.


After putting off the quilting as I was intimidated I finally got that walking foot fitted on my machine and I've been really enjoying it. I read through the suggestions in the comments about stitch in the ditch or stitching beside the seams to create a more forgiving off-set grid (Clever MrsC!) but in the end I decided that my joins were a bit wonky to support either of those successfully. So I went with the suggestion of CJ of Thoroughly Modern Margo, who suggested going diagonal with the quilting.


I used masking tape as an easy way to indicate lines. I've now completed all the lines one way and have started going the opposite direction. Some of the joins of the quilted lines are a little ruffled but overall it's going ok.

Once I've finished the quilting it's just the binding to do - again I'll be looking to the comments from that last post as you guys made some helpful suggestions. I've still got to choose the fabric for that.

Just a heads up - I'll be posting again on Friday with an exciting freebie opportunity for you - be sure to check back then!

K x

22 comments:

  1. Wow it looks great so far - fab print choice!

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  2. Such great patience to make a quilt, it is beautiful

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    1. Cheers Liz, it's been a joy to make

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  3. What a great quilt! Good luck with the rest of it.

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    1. Thank you, I hope it will be loved and used for many years

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  5. It's beautiful and thanks for the handy tip about the masking tape. xx

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    1. No problem, it saves lots of marking out lines!

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  6. Your quilt looks awesome. And masking tape!!! Genius! Going to work on a couple of more quilts and that tip will help so much.

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    1. Ah great! It's a really easy way to mark out the lines.

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  7. It looks gorgeous! Good luck with the rest of it.

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  8. It looks gorgeous! Good luck with the rest of it.

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  9. Ooh! The diagonal quilting looks like an excellent!

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  10. That's awesome! The diagonal thing seems somehow more nautical, like ropes holding sails or something like that. :)

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  11. Oh Kerry, this is so lovely! What great fabric choices! Can I ask a silly question about the masking tape please? Do you sew on it or just alongside it? Sorry if this is an obvious question!

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    1. Hi Marie, not a silly question at all! I sewed alongside one side of the tape rather than on top of it. It's a very handy method to save you marking lines and removing them again.

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  12. This is so cute! What a great baby quilt!

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  13. Oh my goodness! This quilt is soooo adorable!!!

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