Monday, December 13, 2021

Bye Bye Birdie Baby Plus Quilt

Another item on my Q4 #wipsbegone2021 list is checked off. I made this quilt when I released the updated version of my On the Plus Side pattern back in September. As part of the PHD programme that Gail hosts, anything new I start has to be finished by year's end, so with the year waning, I popped it on Avril and quilted it up!

Organic wavy lines were fun to quilt across it, and it went pretty quickly.
I tried a bamboo/organic cotton blend batting for the first time. I bought a queen-size 100% bamboo package several years ago, but still haven't used it, but I also had this baby quilt size which fit this one perfectly. It is a lovely soft batting, and has pretty good definition. I really love how it is so renewable.
I just love those birds! They're from the 'Heaven & Helsinki' line from a few years ago

I used Essential cotton thread from Connecting Threads (affiliate link) in Parchment which blends wonderfully across all the colours in the quilt. The Bottom Line in Statue went in the bobbin. Statue is a newer purchase for me and I really like how it blends with various colours of backing.
No, we don't have snow, and yes we've had a bit twice, but nothing much and it disappeared immediately. December is like this here in Essex County. January and February are our colder winter months. I was sure surprised at the stitch count for this little quilt, but those line are pretty close together in a lot of places. 

I repositioned this shot a bit so I could catch my quilt rock! The backing is left over from Heading North which was in Make Modern issue #39. (affiliate link). It's a beautiful Northcott fabric, Toscana. The deeper turquoise on the front of the quilt and the binding is also Toscana.

I machine-stitched the binding to the front and then topstitched it down on the back for an almost-hand-look finish.😄 I'm so glad we had such a sunny day today to get some good photos.

The quilt is for sale here in my Etsy shop, Sandra Jane Quilts. The pattern is also in my shop: On the Plus Side. It has instructions for both baby and throw sizes.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: On the Plus Side by moi, mmmquilts
Size: 36.5" x 44.5"
Fabric: Leftover: Northcott Toscana, Kaufmann Basics. Stash: Heaven & Helsinki by Patty Young for Michael Miller, Jane Sassaman for Free Spirit (the yellow)
Backing: Northcott Toscana
Batting: Fairfield 50% Bamboo 50% Organic Cotton batting
Quilted: on Avril;  49 918 stitches
Threads: pieced with GĂŒtermann cotton; quilted with Essential cotton 50 wt; The Bottom Line in the bobbin.


  1. Congratulations on a lovely finish! The organic lines look lovely and make great texture. :)

  2. So sweet, Sandi! I love the color combo and plus design. Nice quilting texture, too!!!

  3. Hooray for another finish of a current project. That PhD work really pays off in getting a lot of things out of the way. Love the organic wavy quilting!

  4. Another finish! Yay! Those fabrics are very pretty, but that wavy line quilting is amazing. Love the texture it creates!

  5. Great finish! I like the wavy line quilting texture!

  6. Hi Sandra! OOOH, I love the movement you got in the quilting of this lovely piece. And those fabrics and colors! Gorgeous. Definitely worthy of being finished - yippee for a WIPS and PHD checkmark. I've been meaning to try bamboo batting. Of course, I have a huge roll of Warm and Natural to use up. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Another lovely finish, the quilting is perfect for it. I'm impressed with how you are achieving your goals - well done!

  8. Great finish. I love Parchment. Great colour.

  9. Mmm, such a delicious color scheme, and with your wavy quilting, this really qualifies as a two-sided quilt, don't you think? Yea for a sunny day for your photos. All the details show up wonderfully. I like the idea of the sustainability of the bamboo batting. Have you washed it yet? I'm wondering about shrinkage compared to cotton or other battings.