Charming Baby – Hands2Help Quilt

I am pleased to show you my quilt, Charming Baby. It was begun last year in April 2018 during my Spring Fling Quilting Retreat. If I remember correctly, this was a prize during our little Saturday game night. I promptly started sewing the charms and selected a background and then dropped it until a few weeks ago.

It really is a simple quilt:
1. Pair up 2 charms from charm squares
2. Sew on opposite sides
3. Cut in half
4. Sew into 4 rows of 21 half charms
5. Add solid between rows and on outside. (5” strips)
6. Add 2.5″ strips across the top.
7. Sandwich, quilt & bind (look how fast that step is when you are writing it – Haha!).

You have a quilt that will measure about 36.5 x45.5

Quilting was pretty simple. I did walking foot quilting on a diagonal on all the long strips. I then used my 2 1/2″ rope border* template from Westalee for the quilting in the larger solid areas. I really like the way it looks. The quilting is just dense enough for a cuddly baby quilt.

It has been mailed to Jack’s Basket, and was a part of my Hands2Help contributions. Sincere thanks to Sarah Craig for all this does to help so many charities with her challenge – it has been a great privilege to contribute this year. It has grown from 7 quilters making 60 quits in 2011 to 150 making 416 in 2018. It will be fun to see the numbers this year!! I also listed this as my OMG (one monthly goal) for May and one of my 2QFAL2019 goals. Yipee!

Ready to mail!

I have had a great time with my aunt, who has been such a good patient and had a great doctor. She is well on her way to recovery and I am returning to MA/ME on Sunday!

Upcoming Sewing/Blogging:
Finish top for Beothuk Star QAL
Begin June Island Batik project
Design August Island Batik quilt
Begin using my Simply Sixteen

Linking up:
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  1. Vicki in MN
    May 25, 2019 / 8:45 AM

    I can just feel the softness in this quilt. Someone will have a wonderful quilty hug soon!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 25, 2019 / 9:08 AM

      I am pleased with the results and its destination!

  2. May 25, 2019 / 12:03 PM

    Terrific finish Kathleen! I like that rope design you did too. They have a ruler for everything! I also just love the quilt in a tree photo!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 27, 2019 / 6:18 PM

      They do have rulers for everything! I do love using them too and quilts in trees are so much fun!

  3. May 25, 2019 / 2:58 PM

    Hi Kathleen! WOW – that’s great news about your aunt. Home already on Sunday?!! I’d say she is healing fabulously and is able to toss her niece to the side. Figuratively speaking that is. HAHA! Now to this c.u.t.e. quilt – love this fabric combination. That’s the best thing about charm packs – how nicely they match. And the quilting!! I think I have that ruler in my ruler organizational bag – not that I’ve ever used it, but now I see a great idea on how to use it. Sooner than later no less. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      May 25, 2019 / 3:58 PM

      She is amazing. Thanks for all the love you showered on this quilt. I’m doing another on for me – I think – in the same color scheme.

      • May 25, 2019 / 5:06 PM

        I forgot to say I PINned your ruler picture so I remember to use that darn ruler sometime!!

        • kathleenquilts
          May 27, 2019 / 6:22 PM

          That’s a good way to remember

  4. thedarlingdogwood
    May 25, 2019 / 8:19 PM

    This is so cute! I love the simplicity! I have a charm pack I haven’t been sure what to do with–I may now have the answer. Love the rope quilting.

    • kathleenquilts
      May 27, 2019 / 6:21 PM

      Simple is often best for these quick charity quilts! The rope quilting is fun.

  5. May 25, 2019 / 10:47 PM

    Super cute, Kathleen! I’m glad it will go to a Jack’s Basket family. Colors + rope quilting + tree photo = cute!!!

    • kathleenquilts
      May 27, 2019 / 6:22 PM

      It was a fun project all around and so glad to contribute to Jack’s Basket.

  6. somethingrosemade14
    May 26, 2019 / 3:50 AM

    Great pattern for baby quilts-definitely will be making one or several, since I do have have the charm packs.

    • kathleenquilts
      May 27, 2019 / 6:34 PM

      Don’t we all. It is fast and a great little quilt.

  7. May 28, 2019 / 2:02 AM

    Lovely quilt and donation. No doubt this quilt will be much loved and appreciated.

    • June 5, 2019 / 4:03 PM

      Thank you Michelle. My apologies for the late response….it seems like a few things got lost in the business of the end of May and my taking care of my aunt after surgery! I really do appreciate you stopping by and do hope a baby gets to be cuddled in this quilt soon.

  8. May 30, 2019 / 8:48 AM

    Love this little quilt so much! It will make for a perfect snuggle quilt for a small one.

    • Kathleen McCormick
      May 30, 2019 / 10:12 AM

      Thanks, Tish. I think it will be perfect, too, for a little one.

  9. May 30, 2019 / 3:01 PM

    Simple and beautiful with so many possibilities. I am sure the recipients will appreciate your gift, just like your aunt appreciates the gift of your time and companionship. Hugs to you!!!

    • June 5, 2019 / 4:04 PM

      Thanks, Pretti. I am thrilled for this years’ recipients and that I got two done. It really is one of the things that makes me so happy!

  10. Patty
    June 1, 2019 / 4:20 PM

    So pretty! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

    • June 12, 2019 / 9:47 AM

      Thanks, Patty. It was a fun one and so glad to share with the challenge.

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