Happy Leap Year!

Isn’t it nice to have an extra day in the month? I could sure use an extra day more often than once every four years. How about you? Think of all the Unfinished Objects we could cross of our lists!

I have several UFOs that I would dearly love to work on but I’m still playing catch-up with baby quilts (and greatly enjoying the process). Two down, two to go.

This top, one of two featuring abstract giraffes from the Migration line by Michael Miller Fabrics, went off to longarm quilter Sherry Wadley recently . . .

giraffe baby quilt top #1

. . . and came back with circles all over it. Here’s a partial view:

giraffes and bubbles

Don’t those circles remind you of soap bubbles floating in the air? Such a happy motif for a baby quilt! (That’s Minky on the back — first time I’ve ever used it.)

What little fabric I had left from making both tops is going into a scrappy binding:

circles and scrappy binding

Sherry also quilted the other giraffe quilt, which you can see here.

I’ve already picked a design and cut out the fabric for the third baby quilt:

baby quilt to be
Five of those six fabrics are from Into the Deep, a new line designed by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller fabrics. It’s a wonderfully whimsical line featuring jellyfish and waves and sea anemones and seahorses wearing bowties. Seahorses wearing bowties? Irresistible!

dapper seahorse

The pattern I’m using, Just Can’t Cut It by All Washed Up Quilts, is one of my “go to” patterns for baby quilts. I reduce the block size from 12″ to 9″ for baby quilts. The quilt top before borders will measure 36″ x 54″ if I use a 4 x 6 block setting or 45″ square if I use a 5 x 5 block setting. Right now I’m leaning toward the 5 x 5 setting.

Just looking at the fabrics makes me smile. This quilt is going to be fun to make!




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5 Responses to Happy Leap Year!

  1. Jeanne says:

    That sea-life quilt will be adorable!

  2. Diane says:

    The binding on the giraffe quilt will be such a crowning addition and whoever the lucky baby is that receives it will have a very happy mommy! The little seahorse quilt may just be my favorite, though, and I haven’t even seen the first block!

  3. Reigh Hays says:

    Super cute quilts! Love the circular stitching on the giraffe one! Two more babies getting heirloom pieces from Auntie Dawn!

  4. Vickie says:

    Love the bubbles! Great to have two of the baby quilts quilted. I think the scrappy binding is going to be a nice finish.

    Seahorses with bow ties surrounded by more seahorses, very magical.

    An extra day is such a great gift!

  5. anna says:

    I like the short month of February. Having an extra day threw me off! Beautiful quilts, Dawn!

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