Thursday, December 13, 2012

TGIFF - Streak O' Lightning Baby Blanket

I had so much fun making this blanket, that I wish I knew more people having babies so I could make more!  This is an easy, beginner-friendly top,which is a perfect distraction if you're coming off something challenging.

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The block is pretty ubiquitous, but I found that it has an actual name.  In The Quilter's Bible by Linda Clements, the block is called "streak o' lightning" or "endless stair."   The variation in colors to this block are endless, and depending upon how ambitious you are, each stair step can be a different color.  I was not very ambitious and wanted to keep it simple.  As you can see from the picture below, the block is composed of two rectangles of different colors, which are arranged in a staggered pattern.

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I was a little iffy about the quilting pattern at first, as I was not sure whether it would compliment the quilt blocks, but it has since grown on me. The pattern is an all-over motif called Modern Squares and is composed of interconnecting round-cornered rectangles and ovals, with little stars scattered about.

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Much as I love the front of the quilt, I'm completely enamored of the pieced back.  Denyse Schmidt designed these fabric bundles for JoAnn's called Quilt Quarters.  Basically, it is four fat quarters printed onto one yard of fabric, which you then cut apart.  I had two of these Quilt Quarters (for a total of 1/2 yard each of four different prints), which was enough for the entire quilt, including the backing.  I added one yard of the solid (Kona bone).

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Last but not least, I bound the quilt with an additional 1/3 yard of solid for the binding (Kona ash).  I used the go-to method for attaching the binding entirely by machine.  I was thinking about writing up a tutorial for this quilt, as it would be a great quick quilt as a baby gift, or part of 100 Quilts for Kids.  The quilt ends up measuring 36" x 44", using 2 1/2" strips.

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I'm linking up to TGIFF at Quilt Matters, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and Can I Get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Let's see who else had a finish this week!

12 comments:

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

It's beautiful! The quilting is great - complements the square lines of the piecing, but adds some round movement (if that even makes sense...).

LynCC said...

Pretty! I love the quilting, too. :)

Alia said...

Beautiful quilt! I really like all those prints together. Hurrah for those quilting quarters, I might have to go check them out...

M-R said...

So sweet and cuddly! I love that quilting motif too. I can just picture a child following along the quilting lines. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Maja said...

Cute!!

factotum-of-arts.com said...

Very Cute - love it

Love Of Quilts said...

Very pretty!

Sarah Craig said...

What a sweet quilt! And if you set that block on point, you can make a really cute chevron quilt, too!

Whoop whoop!!

Lindy said...

I love the quilting pattern! Who designed it?

beth said...

What a beautiful quilt! Love the quilting design. ;)

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a great quilt. I love blocks that are so simple that make effective patterns. Lovely to see all the DS fabrics.

Kelsey said...

Such a sweet quilt! Love the simplicity!