I’d been dying to make a baby quilt. But there were no babies due, for friends or family. Finally the Associate Pastor of my church announced that she was pregnant. At last, my baby quilt would have a raison d’être! I figured I would be just one of a dozen or more people making baby quilts for her. So be it!
I had recently signed up for a block of the month class at A Common Thread, my local quilt shop. The class required purchasing the Hex N More ruler by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. It wasn’t the cheapest ruler, so I thought I would get my money’s worth and use it on at least two projects. Little did I know that this would turn out to be my all time favorite ruler, and that I would go on to make many of her patterns. I love this ruler. The Jaybird Quilts pattern I chose for the baby quilt was Ballerina.
[UPDATE 8/28/16: Today I pulled out this pattern to use it again, and discovered that it doesn’t actually use the Hex N More ruler. It’s been a while and I guess my mind is fuzzier than I like to admit. I can use the Hex N More to cut the triangles, but the very large half hexagons will require at least a 10 inch 60° triangle ruler. If you don’t have the large 60° ruler, I suggest giving the Tiny Dancer pattern a try instead. It’s the same basic block, just smaller and both parts can be cut with the Hex N More. ]
I had purchased quite a bit of fabric from the Moonlit Sonata line from Paintbrush studios, thinking I might use it somehow in my One Block Wonder quilt. I didn’t find a use for it in that project, but I thought the bright blue and aqua colors would make a great baby quilt. I threw in a couple other fat quarters from my stash and was ready to go.
The pattern instructions were great and the ruler very easy to use. I don’t know why I am so drawn to the 60° triangles, but I am totally hooked. The Ballerina baby quilt was very quick to put together. It was done before I knew it. And then, of course, I chose minky for the back. The happy new tidbits I learned on this project:
- Baby quilts are fast. Duh. I had gotten pretty used to doing bigger projects and was almost astounded at how quickly a small quilt comes together. Especially if some of the pieces are fairly large.
- I seriously love the patterns and rulers from Jaybird Quilts. I think I have all the rulers and probably more than half the patterns. The patterns are all really well written and fun to make. I’ve also used the Hex N More ruler for other patterns that call for 60° triangles. It’s so much easier with the perfectly blunted tip.
Once the baby quilt top was finished, I decided that mommy and daddy deserved a quilt too. And since I had time before the baby arrived, I thought I would try to get one done in time for it to be quilted at the same time and given as gifts together. The mommy/daddy quilt will be my next post.
One last note – the background fabric color is a greenish yellow. It doesn’t photograph well at all. The only picture of the front with somewhat accurate color, is the picture of the quilt top before quilting. Some of the others look almost orange-y and that’s not even close.