Eleanor: Design and Illustration
Modern design and illustration by Eleanor Grosch


Tablecloth Baby Quilt

I'm definitely not talented when it comes to detail and patience. Any time I can challenge myself to pay attention to detail or work on being patient I welcome the opportunity!  Here's something that does both: Quilting.

Quilting has always been something that I admire - especially "freehand quilting", or whatever you call it when the stitched aren't geometric.  Here's my idea for a fun quilting project: use a brightly colored tablecloth to make a little one in your life a lovely quilt. 

I had this gorgeous large Anthropologie tablecloth that had gotten some holes and stains on it over the years. You can probably find a similar one on ebay or use one of these cool vintage state map tablecloths. You want to start with something that has several brightly colored hues because we're gonna quilt stitch the colored areas to hold the warm layer in between the top and bottom.

I got super cheap and bought a used baby blanket at the thrift shop ($3.00!) but you could also buy batting for your warm layer. 

A baby blanket for a crib measures about 26 by 48 for a flat one or 36 by 50 if you want overhang. I made mine somewhere in the middle since I'm bad at being exact and following directions ;)

Iron your quilt-to-be and pin everything down in place.  Then pick a color (I chose to start with the red flowers) and sew within the color edge.

Continue to freehand sew along the next color, in my case yellow.  I tried out making "petal" stitches for the yellow parts.  Then I stitched the blue sections with a more detailed stitch:

After the freehand sewing parts are done, you can add a backing to cover up all the lines on the back of the quilt layer.  I chose a piece of kantha cloth I had gotten on ebay leftover from another project. Turn the cool quilted layer towards the backing layer and pin everything together so it's inside out.  Then sew the 3 edges leaving the top edge open:


Final step: turn your lovely quilt right side out again and admire your work!  Now you need only finish the short open edge to close the whole thing up (unless you want it to be a duvet cover) and maybe add a final detail like top-stitching or buttons (for a much older child who won't swallow them!) or any other thing you can think of. Happy quilting!