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Colorful Quilting - In The Right Direction Baby Quilt

I recently sewed up this colorful baby-sized In The Right Direction quilt! I love the high impact of this design plus how quickly it goes together.

I used Blossom fabric, a line from Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Designs!

Here's a breakdown of all the fabrics I used. 

Background and Backing Fabric – Tone of Tone White

Arrow Fabrics – Cranberry, Orange, Lemon Zest, Emerald City, Peacock, Denim, Fuchsia, Raspberry and Salmon

Binding Fabric – Silver

My favorite quilting motif is crosshatch, or angled grid, quilting. It adds great texture! I wanted to change things up just a little on this quilt, so I used four different thread colors for the quilting. They were four separate spools but the idea is similar to using variegated thread.

I pre-marked all my quilting lines using my hera marker and ruler. A hera marker makes a crease in the fabric. 

There are other ways to sew straight lines; for example, you could use the edge of the walking foot as a guide from one line to the next. 

Or, you could use a guide spaced out appropriately to follow previous lines. Since I needed to quilt every four lines apart, I pre-marked everything and then just counted over.

I used 50 wt Aurifil Thread for piecing and for quilting. The four thread colors I used in the quilting are #2215 Peach, #2530 Blossom Pink, #2775 Steel Blue and #1148 Light Jade.

I started with the Peach thread sewing straight lines through the center portion first. I counted over four lines and sewed the next Peach line until all the Peach was completed. Then I moved to the Blossom Pink and completed those lines, followed by the Steel Blue and finished with the Light Jade.

In the bobbin, I used #2021 Natural White for the entire back.

From farther back, you don’t notice that the thread colors are different on the front. It’s a visual surprise to add just a little punch to the open space in the design. 

If you'd love to make your own In The Right Direction quilt (available in a baby and throw size), you can find it at Quilt Pattern Mart - here's a link directly to the pattern. Happy sewing!


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