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I just finished this baby quilt for a great-niece born June 27th.  I loved the polka dot fabric.  Apparently I was feeling extravagant at the time and bought a whole half yard of it.  Since I was already blowing my wad, I picked out FQs to match.  Yes, the quilt shop owner was overwhelmed at my spending spree that day...

Since I'm trying to "shop my stash" and  use up what I have, I came across this set from who knows what year.  Challenge - finding a pattern that will work with the yardage (or lack of) that I have.  

In my dream world, the perfect quilter knows just what she's going to do with each fabric she buys, knows exactly how much yardage (or not) she'll need, and can actually remember both when she goes to sew it up. Not me.  I usually have no plan whatsoever when I buy fabric - other than it will go in a quilt "someday."  So that means I have no idea how much (or little) to buy.  And also means I have to give that bewildered blank stare when hubby asks what quilt I'm going to make with it or who is this fabric for.  He seems to think I'm supposed to have a specific purpose for each fabric before it leaves the quilt shop.  PSHHH.   I guess that would be the most prudent thing, but since I'm apparently a slow learner, I mostly do one of two things:  I either A) find a pattern I like and then rummage through my stash desperately searching for enough of each fabric to make it; or B) pull out some fabric and then rummage through patterns to see which will work with how much fabric I have!  

I chose option B for this quilt.  I had the fabric bundle, so I just needed to find a pattern that would work with it.  I've always wanted to make this quilt block - easy enough and just right (I thought) for this set of FQs and polka dots.  

Here are the stats - roughly:  Cotton top with flannel backing.  Machine quilted Baptist fans.  Remaining FQ scraps used for the binding.  I can't recall exactly how big the blocks are - something like 7" - not a standard size as I recall.  I used a 1/2" finished pink inner border and a 4"  finished outer border.  The quilt is something like 36 x 48 (or so).  I'm not at my sewing corner, so I don't have the exact stats.    

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Comment by Roxann on July 22, 2015 at 2:54pm

Perfection! I love everything about this quilt! The Baptist fan was an excellent choice! 

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on July 22, 2015 at 6:43am

I have always loved the beauty and the simplicity of the Roman Stripe.  Beautiful quilt.  Congrats on figuring out your option B for the fabrics.

Comment by Pam/NY on July 22, 2015 at 6:20am

I LOVE THIS!!!! It is so girly and soft looking. Your quilting is very nice and sets it off beautifully. She will have years of cuddling with this quilt. It is so well made...who knows her little one will enjoy it also!!!

Comment by Barb/WI on July 22, 2015 at 6:13am

How can I not love a quilt with polka dots!  So cute.  Really nice quilting, too!

Comment by Lynne on July 22, 2015 at 2:28am

PQ, adorable,, and perfect for a little girl.  I personally like the bigger size baby quilts,, may be overwhelming as a baby, but it grows with them and can be used for many years.  Congrats on a wonderful design, quilting and quilt!!!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 21, 2015 at 8:30pm

This is a really charming baby quilt, PQ!  Your philosophy of fabric closely matches mine, and my DH asks the same questions.  We must be related!

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on July 21, 2015 at 7:57pm

Love the quilt especially the quilting.

Comment by Janet/MO on July 21, 2015 at 7:49pm

It is a beautiful baby quilt.  The Baptist Fan quilting worked perfectly for this design. 

Comment by Jodi Cramer on July 21, 2015 at 6:11pm

Wonderful quilt! And I totally understand what happens with fabric. I recall some wonderful reds I bought 20 years ago . . . whatever happened to them??

Comment by handstitcher/IL on July 21, 2015 at 6:10pm
It's darling, PQ! I love the colors and the polka dot border. The quilting really sets off the blocks as well. She's a lucky girl and I'm sure her parents will be thrilled.

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