sphere charm pack baby quilt

June 12, 2016 by Angie

I finished my seventh quilt for my friend’s adorable, new baby boy. She’s a quilter too!

Robbie holds up the completed quilt

Robbie held the finished quilt up for this photo. Thanks, Robbie!

I’d been holding on to the charm pack I used for a while. It’s Sphere by Moda. The fabrics are really modern and I thought they would be great for a gender neutral or boy baby quilt. I’ve been following Elizabeth Hartman’s quilting blog, Oh Fransson, since before I started quilting. I used her free charm pack quilt pattern I saw there.

Quilt Stats

Finished size: Approximately 33″ x 40″
Quilt top fabrics: Moda Sphere charm pack and solid gray fabric (either Kona or Moda – I have tons of both)
Quilt backing: Solid blue fabric from Keep Me in Stitches quilt shop in Tampa
Binding fabric: Solid white fabric leftover from another project
Batting: Warm & White
Quilting: Dense, horizontal straight line quilting with the walking foot
Label: Forthcoming!

sewn into strips

 25 whole squares and 13 half squares sewn together to make the charm square strips

Sookie hangs out

Sookie likes to hang out with me in the new sewing room.

completed top

 The charm strips sewn to the solid gray strips

squared up quilt top

 Completed quilt top after squaring it up

about to baste the quilt sandwich

The backing fabric for this one was extra difficult. I finally got it taped down to the tile without wrinkles.

peek at the back

The completed quilt with a look at the back!

I tried a new machine binding method. I sewed the binding to the front first, rolled the binding over to the back, clipped it down so that it extended past the sewing on the front side, then sewed from the front right at the inside edge of the binding. I’m happy with how it turned out and I think it will be sturdier than hand sewing the back, which is a really important consideration for a baby quilt. Next time I think I will cut the binding strips at 2″ instead of 2 1/2″ because the binding is longer than necessary on the back.

with the baby beanie

The finished quilt next to a crocheted baby beanie I also made.

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