Friday, December 1, 2017

How big is big enough?

The last two I-Spy quilts I made, I used five-inch prints with a one inch colored sashing.

This one on the right used a two inch border and another one inch sash. The size came out 43" x 55".

I quilted inside the print blocks but I didn't need to quilt the borders other than in-the-ditch.

This one I added an outer one-inch sashing and a  three -inch border so the size came to 45" x 57".

These seem to be good crib-size quilts or maybe something that could be tossed over a child napping on the sofa.

Now I have begun to assemble the next baby quilt ... also an I-Spy ... but this time I am using my stash of four-inch prints.

I have added the one-inch sashing and plan to put another one inch of a solid color as in this one on the left.

Using the same number of squares, that gives me the size of 33" x 43". If I stick to that size, I would have to add at least a six inch border and maybe an outer one-inch sashing. That would mean a lot of quilting in the border.

If I decide to add another row of blocks, I have ten cut so would have to cut five more plus more of those inch sashings. Then a three inch border and outer sashing... making the total 46" x 56". It would be a lot more piecing work but less quilting than a wide border.

In the end, it is mot such a large quilt and being less "babyish" might be used longer but still not big enough for a youth bed.
The last quilts I have made to be gifted to friend's new babies have been ... I-Spy, 45x49, 43x55, 47x48, and alphabet ... 43x49, 48x54, 45x50, 45x48, and 46x47 for a counting quilt.

To tell the truth, I have no idea anymore how big a crib is. I am wondering if my quilting friends out there have any suggestions as to what size might be most useful. Anyway, I have plenty of take-along work lined up before I get to time to decide.


  1. Which do you like better, piecing or quilting?
    Which is better, piecing on the train/at meetings or quilting at home?

  2. I'm not sure the size matters, it is the love that goes into making it.
    I'm impressed how quickly you are able to put a quilt together!

  3. I would piece more, so that it doesn't need a too wide border (never know how to handquilt my borders ).
    I'm sure you'll make the best choice, my friend :D

    In stitches,

  4. 46" by 56" looks good, as over here a single bed is 36" wide.That would give a little drop each side, when the baby is older,and not too long so it drags on the floor at the end. I would go for more blocks, and a border like the ones in your photos. So many have been blessed by your quilts, and stitching.

  5. I am the same way, I just make them by the design I am using, then build it up, till it looks right.
    I think a little larger is nice so it covers them more and they can use it longer.


  6. these days they change so much .. who knows!! lol x just go until your heart.. and fingers .. tell you to stop x

  7. Hi Julie, we love,love,love these super-fun I-Spy quilts with all their energetic colors and fun prints!
    45 x 57 seems to be a good, generous size for a crib quilt, as it can be placed over a sleeping child and still be tucked in at the sides. Some kids like the bed covers tucked in, as it makes them feel cozier. Thanks for these fun photos ! Blessings of the season to you, from Marina and Daryl Lynn

  8. All those lucky babies!!! I don't even try to guess how big is correct these days. I just make until I'm done and call it good.

  9. Of course I'm too late to be chiming in, but, a crib mattress is 28" x 52". At least for American cribs. Great quilts.

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