A River Runs Through It

In this case, the river is running through the backing for a baby quilt:

back of Stefan's quilt (3)
Quilt Back, 56″ Square

My starting point was a length of fabric from Patty Sloniger’s Into the Deep line for Michael Miller Fabrics.  I needed to piece the backing to make it wider, and somehow a straight strip of fabric just wasn’t going to cut it. I blame it on those undulating jellyfish. The backing clearly needed something that emulated the motion of their tentacles. I needed to go with the flow, so to speak.

My batik stash yielded a watery print that picked up the blues and greens in the jellyfish fabric. I cut some gentle free motion curves through both layers and then sewed them together. It was easier than I thought, although I did have to pin the concave and convex curves.

Here’s a close-up of those two fabrics:

stefan's quilt fabrics
Catching the Waves

Don’t they look good together? I suppose that batik is a bit more fern-y than watery, but it still gives the effect I was looking for.

I used several other pieces from “Into the Deep” on the front of the quilt, which you may remember seeing in this post a few weeks ago:

baby quilt final choice
Quilt Front, 48″ Square

This is the third of five baby quilts on my to-do list this year. Baby Stefan won’t have to wait too much longer for his quilt, and I’ve already started Number 4. Now that’s progress!




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8 Responses to A River Runs Through It

  1. Reigh Hays says:

    Another lucky baby! Love the “wave”!

  2. Shirley says:

    My favorite is the Jellyfish…love to watch them at the aquarium and there used to be some in a fish tank at the Hotel at Newport. I could spend hours watching them..

  3. Vickie says:

    Hi my friend,
    Another very lucky baby! Going with the curvy inset was brilliant! Have you ever glue basted instead of pinning? Happy sewing!

  4. Diane says:

    The batik on the back looks JUST like a shallow stream with water plants in it . . . how perfect and appropriate. I’m a broken record but yup, this is my favorite of all the baby quilts you have ever made!

  5. Claudia McCarter says:

    I agree, the Jellyfish is a winner!!! Love the waves on the back too!

  6. Colleen says:

    I love the back! The batik is the perfect choice for the effect you were going for. I’d love to see how you did it :D!

  7. Char says:

    Love the backing idea!! I seem to be stalled… too many projects, I don’t know where to start.

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