What I thought was a disappointment has turned into a lovely quilt. I call it Discovery.
DISCOVERY BABY QUILT
39-1/2″ x 39-1/2″
A good sized pile of color coordinated scraps
1/2 yard background fabric
1/3 yard binding
1-1/4 yard for backing
from the colored scraps cut a total of…
400 2″x 2″ squares (NOTE: These need to be in multiples of at least 4, 5, or 8 of each color in order to build the block pattern)
after your blocks are built, cut the background fabric as follows…
24 2″x8″ rectangles
9 2″x2″ squares
2 2-3/4″ x 35″ strips
2 2-3/4″ x 39-1/2″ strips
Arrange scrap squares to create a block as follows: 5 squares of Color A (here RED print), 8 squares of Color B (here light print), 8 squares of Color C (here GREEN print), and 4 squares of Color D (here BLUE print).
2. Assemble to create one block. UNFINISHED size should measure 8″ x 8″.
3. Repeat to create a total of 16 blocks. TIP: I made little piles of my squares sorted into blocks first so the colors would be fairly evenly distributed and each block would be unique.
4. Lay out blocks in a 4×4 pattern, balancing colors
5. Add 2″x8″ sashing between the blocks to create rows.
5. Create sashing strips for between the rows by alternating 4 2″x8″ rectangles with 2″ squares.
6. Attach strips 2-3/4″ x 35″ to sides of quilt. Attach strips 2-3/4″ x 39-1/2″ to top and bottom of quilt.
A tiny baby will likely join the family in the next two weeks. Our former foster daughter has had a difficult pregnancy. The baby isn’t getting enough nutrition through the umbilical cord and is growing very slowly. Both baby and mother are showing signs of distress. So the doctors have given steroid shots and set a goal delivery date.
The baby will probably weigh around 4 pounds.
I had these mini-charm squares, and a few friends, laying around and whipped up a quick top. It is 22″ square, but will cover the little one for quite a while. (Yes, the lighting is terrible. I woke up at 3:30am with a foot cramp and couldn’t get back to sleep so I made this…)
Now I need to find a back and binding and get it finish. Quickly.
ps–I am looking for some good preemie patterns if you have suggestions for a dress.