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Elora’s Baby Quilt

Chris gave me an AWESOME present for Christmas: a sewing machine! I was so excited to learn how to sew a million things, and my crafty side was brewing with ideas. I sort-of knew how to sew already, but needed some serious fine tuning of my meager skills.

That’s where my grandma came in. She is the most incredible seamstress that I’ve ever known. She can make anything, and even make it look simple in the process.

My sister-in-law had just had a baby-her second girl, and I wanted to make baby Elora a quilt. Here was the real problem: I didn’t know how to make a quilt. My wonderful grandma helped me find a pattern that I liked, and showed me how to get started.

The sewing was, quite honestly, the easiest part. The most difficult part was cutting the squares. I know it sounds simple when you have a pattern, but my squares somehow didn’t all end up even, and had to be squared up later.

See what I did there? 

The individual squares were made up of  five different squares: one 8″ X 8″, one 4″ X 8″ and three 4″ X 4″ squares. I ended up making sixteen quilt squares, and sewed them in lines. Each large square was different, which really gave the quilt a fun variety.

The binding was a bear to complete. We didn’t have a pattern for that, so we were free-handing the edges. Let me tell you, it was not easy. After the fact, we found a Youtube video for the binding that was awesome. I’ll definitely be using that next time!

Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vCWpxBRs20

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