The Long Awaited Fuzzy Duckling Quilt

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Before Mil was born, I picked out a lovely collection of fabric to make her a quilt. It was a big stack of mixed prints, and the Little Golden Books Fuzzy Duckling Panel.

I had the whole thing pieced and ready to baste, but she showed up a week earlier than expected (which was extra surprising since I was scheduled to be induced at 37 weeks due to some pregnancy-related health issues). And suddenly I had no time to myself to get down to my sewing area and finish her quilt.

Fast forward 2.5 years, and my sister and sister-in-law are having babies. I didn’t want to be the auntie who made a quilt for the first baby and then skipped the rest, so I decided to give quilting a try again — this time with tiny human in tow.

I learned about 2 seconds in that I wouldn’t be able to work in my basement sewing area with Milli. The first thing she did was find a package of needles that had fallen onto the floor and open it up to pull needles out. So, instead, I moved my small rotating cutting mat and my featherweight upstairs to sew, and I was actually able to get a quilt made for the niece who is expected in October. Yea!

With that accomplished, I decided to give quilting Mil’s quilt a go. It had minky backing, so I would have preferred to work on a larger machine for the arm space, but the featherweight worked just fine. I was able to do some simple quilting and a scrappy binding for the quilt over a couple of nights. It makes me very happy that the quilt is finished, and Milli loves her soft new quilt. I think it might have been worth the wait.

The quilt has twenty 10-inch blocks. Half with a star pattern, and half with fussy cut pieces from the Little Golden Books panel – you can see the layout here. The overall quilt measures 40×50-inches, with a minky backing.

And, as a bonus, I was able to use scraps from the star blocks to make a half-square triangle doll quilt for foxy.

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7 Comments

  1. anna on August 9, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Oh my days…I just realised that Ana Mari (the girl I made the Bible quilt for last year) is due in about 2 weeks with her second, a girl! I found the template for a simple quilt but I just haven’t done very much at all this summer as you know. Gosh. I wonder if I can get some plain muslin at the fabric store, now that our LQS is gone. Mind, she won’t care if it takes a year, as her son is 15 mos. and keeping her busy, and now there’s another on the way. There is quite a lot of conversation re: baby names. I hear she favours Marta, since her mother Matilde said “NO WAY will you name her after me!” (grandma hates her own name). I keep telling her to call the baby Teresa but I doubt they’ll listen to me.

    • Andrea on August 13, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      This will sound strange, but can you get table cloths and/or bed sheets? They work great as backings, and if you have cute prints, you can cut them up for the front as well. The quilt I made for my nephew, Huxley, uses an extra crib sheet I had purchased that his parents had picked for his room. http://mouseinmypocket.com/2015/10/huxleys-monster-quilt/

  2. Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter on August 20, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Such a lovely cuddle quilt for Mildred! Love, love that you took the scraps and made a doll quilt for what I guess must be her favorite stuffed animal, Foxy. Thanks so much for sharing this on Wednesday Wait Loss.

    • Andrea on August 21, 2019 at 10:18 am

      Thank you so much! Foxy is her absolute favorite. She takes it with her everywhere and love that both she and foxy have special blankets to share.

  3. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting on August 21, 2019 at 7:56 am

    What a dreamy quilt! I love the backing, Andrea. The duckling panels are adorable. Great job making life with a toddler + quilting work for you!

    • Andrea on August 21, 2019 at 10:17 am

      Thank you so much Nancy! It’s been a bit difficult to keep the tiny human and cat away from sharp and pointy things, but it’s helping me deal with my anxiety issues, so that’s even more reason to make it work.

  4. Susan on August 21, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    What fun these quilts are. I just love your last two pictures. Welcome to the Wednesday Wait Loss linky group!

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