Every grandmother counts it a blessing when another child comes into her life. Each set of tiny hands and feet hold a special place in her heart forever. When the newest addition made his appearance to the Jenkins family it was just what Leanne needed to inspire her to expand her embroidery talents. It’s such a sweet quilt and certain to be his favorite with all those teddy bears to love.
Leanne is from Australia, and she calls this a "cot quilt", but I remember from being in Australia that what is called a cot there is what we in the North America call a crib, so I've changed it in the post title but not in Leanne's text below. For a bigger picture, click here.
I recently decided to shout myself (with a lot of help from my partner) an Embroidery Machine for my birthday in October last year. This cot quilt was my first real attempt at something other than tea towels and oven-mitts. Our newest addition to the Grandchildren was born in February this year and I decided to make the quilt for him. All the teddy bear designs were downloaded from Ann The Gran free designs archive and I would like to say that they sew out beautifully as you can see even when they are converted to ‘jef' Format.
Quilt Materials List (finished size approximately 1m x 1m (cot size)
- Quilt Front Sashes, Ruffle and Backing Fabric 1.7m x 90cm
- Contrasting Fabric for Embroidery
- Batting 1m x 90cm
- Cut six strips for inside vertical sashing to join three embroidery panels per row
- Cut two longer strips for inside horizontal sashing to join all nine embroidery panels together
- Cut four strips for outside border
- Cut nine 9 x 9inch squares for blocks
- Embroider nine panels and trim to 8inch squares
- Join embroidered blocks x 3 using two of the six inside vertical sashing strips per row, then join each row of 3 embroidered panels together using the two longer strips of horizontal sashing
- Finally, using the four remaining strips as a border attach to the outside of completed front cot panel
- Make Ruffle (width can be varied to personal choice) using 11/2 x the diameter of the quilt, join strips together and over-lock and turn under one long edge, then gather the other long edge to make ruffle, I used my over-locker to gather the edge as well
- Spray wrong side of the front panel with quilters spray adhesive and gently spread the front panel over the batting.
- Using a walking foot attachment I then stitched around each embroidered panel using "stitch in ditch" technique
- Attach ruffle to the front panel right sides together with the outer edge of ruffle towards the centre of the panel (I find it easier to attach ruffle first then attach the backing fabric last
- Attach the backing fabric to the quilt right sides together leaving enough of an opening to turn the quilt right side out then slip stitch to close the opening to complete.
What makes this project special
I always try to make something for any new additions to the Grandchildren when they arrive, as I enjoy doing it and no matter what it is, it is always appreciated and commented on as it is used. I would rather make something myself than buy it because I think it makes the gift special and I love and enjoy my sewing and the time I spend doing so.
In my opinion anyone could make this project with any skill level
Quilters adhesive spray
Sewing Machine / Overlocker
Walking foot attachment
Embroidery Machine / Embroidery Designs
As I still work full-time I find it hard to give an estimate, but the teddy designs I have used in this project take between 30 minutes to 60 minutes so I guess about 10 hours max.
Why I love this project
One reason would be the fact that I have made this for my newest grandson and another would be that this is my first project that I have tackled that is a little more involved than the simpler projects I have done since I got my embroidery machine.
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