Smiles and Hoots is a baby quilt that will be DONATED. Made of scraps I followed an adapted version of Jera Brandvig's Rainy Days, a quilt as you go block shown in Brandvig's book QUILT AS YOU GO MADE MODERN. Scrap rectangles 7.5" by 10", are centered on 10" batting squares, then are framed with 2" strips of solid fabric, creating a quilt as you go piece. Each piece is then squared up to a 9.5" square. This is the fun part because you create the squares by placing your 9.5" square template slightly askew on the larger, rough square. The trimmed squares are sewn together in rows, creating a quilt of what look like rectangles and alternating squares. Really you have sewn perfect squares together. Here is a link to directions for an earlier version of Rainy Days which Brandvig posted on her bloghttp://quiltingintherain.blogspot.com/2011/03/rainy-days-quilt.html The dimensions of the squares are different from the pattern in the book, but the directions here are much clearer than my summary.
When I started my baby quilt, I knew that I did not have enough large pieces to make 7.5" by 10" rectangles, so mine are 6.5" by 5". I surrounded each rectangle with strips of pink which were between 2 and 2.5" wide. Then I trimmed them to make 7.5 inch squares.
Before trimming the squares, I quilted a design of either stars or swirls on the block using my embroidery machine The embroidery machine did the work quickly while I sewed new blocks.
Because I thought the quilt needed to be a little bigger and I was out of my pink scraps, I added borders around the outside. Once this top was done (remember it is already quilted to batting pieces) I just pin basted the backing on and stitched in the ditch along the seams. Very easy to do and to handle. Last step was adding binding.
|Quilted star design on "smiley flower"|
|Pin basted, ready to sew along seam lines|
|Finished "Smiles and Hoots quilt, named for the Owls and Smiley Flowers|