April 20, 2021

Simplicity Throw Quilt Pattern - a Custom Quilt!

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I'm behind at blogging and plan to get caught up over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for news on some new quilts!

This Simplicity Throw quilt was made last year as a custom order for a little girl whose mom had taken her picture on a piece of fabric every month for the first year or so.  As a memory for these precious occasions, the mom had a quilt made with the fabrics, and I got to make it!  

This isn't the first time I've made quilts from fabrics used in photoshoots over a baby's first years.  This mom is a friend of the mom I've made two memory quilts for in previous years, so thus I received the referral.  You can see those quilts here and here.

Simplicity Includes all the Sizes

The Simplicity quilt pattern includes all of the sizes - Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  The larger sizes have larger blocks to make them go more quickly.  You really didn't want to make over 650 HSTs for a king size, did you?  I didn't think so.  That's why the blocks are bigger in the larger sizes.

Precut Friendly!

Simplicity is a precut-friendly quilt pattern, using charm squares in the smaller sizes and fat quarters or 1/4-yard cuts for the larger sizes.

As you can see by this quilt, using random fabrics that don't really match each other is really effective.  I would never have put that bright gold-yellow in with the other fabrics, but that fabric really brings an extra pop and brings the quilt to life!  And the goal wasn't a matchy-matchy quilt; it was a memory quilt from all of those fun, crazy photoshoots!  ✔✔

Oh That Binding!

When I have a choice, I'll choose a striped, plaid, or check binding every time, so this simple black/white stripe fabric was an easy choice.  It nicely settles the busy-ness of the quilt top and finishes it with a bit of punch, too.  ✔✔

Oh That ♥ Quilting!

The digital quilting design is Echoed Hearts, perfect for this child's memory quilt!  The thread is natural white, and the quilt was quilted on my Handi Quilter Fusion with ProStitcher.

Oh That Backing!

In order to make this memory quilt even more memorable, the leftover fabric was used on the backing.  It took quite awhile to figure out what to do, but I finally settled on simple rows of each fabric, and it worked perfectly!  The backing is just as fun as the front, and I didn't think I'd ever say that about a pieced backing - I'm just a single fabric backing kinda girl!  :)  But I can sure see some little kiddos enjoying a tea party with their stuffies on this side of the quilt, too!  ✔✔

Didn't this quilt turn out just oh . so . cute??

The Simplicity quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop!

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1 comment :

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

This turned out so adorable!! and what a fun idea to take photos of your baby and then incorporate those into a quilt! I think you knocked it out of the park!!