Dark Batik Baby Quilt OMG Finished

Happy Memorial Day weekend to our USA friends – it doesn’t quite have the same thrill as it has in the past.  But I digress.  I’m weak when it comes to a fabric sale.  Things get purchased without a real plan in place, and it drives Sue nuts.  Over-the-edge nuts.  Two little, pretty batik charm packs in dark and light blue came into our lives via a Missouri Star Quilt Company sale.  Not just the charm packs but also some yardage – enough for two Irish Chain baby quilts.  Perfect for Sue to hand quilt – I had that plan in mind the whole time.  Truly.

I’m Talking Pretty Batik

The darn daily email comes bright and early while I’m at work or at home.  It tempts me, and then I forward it to Sue saying clever things like “cute” or “do we need”?  Once she gives me even a glimmer of interest, I jump on it.  A plan along with all the needed supplies jump into my head, and I press ORDER.  Then it arrives and Sue asks what is this for?!!  Seriously.  I have to remember everything.  In this particular case, I did remember what these charm packs and yardage were for.  Look at how pretty this batik fabric is!

Dark and Light Batik

The plan is to make a dark and light batik-featured baby quilt from the same fabrics.  In this quilt top, the nine-patch blocks and the border feature the dark navy batik fabric.  Next time, the lighter batik fabric will be more prominent in the nine-patch and border.  Once this Dark Batik quilt top was together, Sue started hand quilting it near the end of April 2019.  It had officially become a UFO but it has now had a resurgence in the light of day.

Dark Batik top

Hoop De Dark Batik

Sue hooped it up and chose a cute whale-shaped image to outline.  She also switched to a different thread so one annoyance would be eliminated.  It seems that a thread makes all the difference with fewer knots and breakage once she switched to polyester.  Some stitching in the ditch around the nine-patches and whales in the open areas began in earnest.  There was hope to finish this yearlong project in May 2020.

Dark whale

Dark Batik Border, Binding and Backing

Once all of the hand quilting was finished, I stepped in to polish off the borders.  It’s very hard to capture a navy-on-navy quilting pattern, but there are two rows of waves around all four sides.  It seems some sunshine is just the ticket to highlight the quilting just so.

Dark Batik waves

A dark blue/navy binding was chosen as a non-attention claiming frame to wrap up this project with a bow.  Neither one of us can remember a thing about the backing but I sure do like all the colors in it.  I’m cutting and saving a few scraps for the next doll quilt!

Dark Batik backing

With this final ta-da photo, this wraps up our May OMG project quite nicely to share on Patty’s Elm Street Quilts linky party.  We’ll also be sharing this finish on a few friends’ linky parties found in the sidebar.  Lastly, we will also share as a quarter two finish-along on Instagram.  If you’d like some hints and tips to make your own version of an Irish Chain, we have shared a five-part tutorial on doing so.

Dark Batik finished

Gamma’s Dark Blue Batik quilt for Colt

Dark Blue Batik Final Home

It seems that Sue and I have been remiss in making a special quilt for Colt to use at Gamma’s house.  He has been photographed on Dominic’s To The Moon quilt and Addison’s pink Irish Chain.  It seems quite fitting that this year-long patient quilt would be perfect for him.  It does match his eyes so nicely as you can see in these sweet photos.


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26 Responses

  1. Lavender Dreams says:

    The baby added is the perfect photo! LOVE these colors and this neat design. Makes me want to snuggle..and cuddle! Hugs!

  2. Susan Nixon says:

    It looks to me like Colt is enjoying his blue quilt. Sue is getting good at the quilting, too! Wonderful whales.

  3. patty says:

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

  4. I’m *crazy* about that wave quilting. Sue may not appreciate the fruits of your fabric-buying endeavors, Roseanne, but she sure rises to the challenge, no matter what quilty projects you volunteer her for! Looking forward to what you two do with those new charms and yardage! : )

  5. Denise says:

    Awe he is so cute and he looks perfect on his new quilt. Funny, I ordered from MSQ last week and just received a shipping notice today. There might have been an order placed from Hancocks also, however that was on the 15th and still no idea when it will ship. Both were pre-cuts. One i have plans for and the other just because it was pretty. Doubt hubby will find that am acceptable excuse, lol. Thank you for linking up your precious quilt.

  6. chrisknits says:

    It was meant to be his!!! So cute, and such a sweet quilt.

  7. Kate Swallows says:

    Congrats on a fabulous finish for a pretty fabulous little guy!

  8. Oh that is an awesome finish… and YES you need every piece of fabric you want!! I mean!! ha ha!! I love the teamwork there 😉

  9. lenneamw says:

    Love those batiks! I am switching over to all batiks…slowly, but I really prefer working with them!

  10. Judy Blauer says:

    The blue batiks made a great baby boy quilt. A good design to grow with him too! The whales are a perfect motif!

  11. quiltinggail says:

    I love Colt’s quilt!!! He looks perfect on it!

  12. Sue & Roseanne:
    And hats off to piecefulwendy on her insightful comment –

  13. Rochelle Summers says:

    Okay Roseanne. This is so cute and I love the way Colt looks laying on it. You and Sue did great. And I love your shopping technique. Seriously, don’t we all need (want) more fabric? Enjoy time with the littles this weekend.

  14. Vicki in MN says:

    Haha, I am reading Wendy’s comment to Sue-I’ll have to join in that discussion! I am obviously on Wendy’s side which means your side to Roseanne. If the four of us got together and went shopping who do you think would win!! Anyways I love the quilt, it is just perfect for Colt, thanks for the link to the tutorial! No go shopping some more Roseanne!!!

  15. Your impulse served you well and will serve Colt even better. Its a perfect quilt for GG’s house for Colt…it is only right that he has his own. I love Sue’s hand quilting – I love the look and it is so special for this little guy.

  16. Yay for an OMG done and yay for a quilt for Colt! He goes so well with it LOL. Absolutely fabulous gorgeous batiks! Lovely quilting again too!

  17. Jayne says:

    You ended up with a gorgeous little quilt and that little guy is the perfect compliment to it! I sometimes impulse shop and it usually feels good…but I’ve never been over the top when it comes to purchases. However…I love seeing what other people splurge on!

  18. Cocoa Quilts says:

    Sue I love those little whales quilted on the blocks. This quilt turned out perfect and to have the little guy wiggling on it is the icing on the cake.

  19. Kat Scribner says:

    Lovely baby quilt, chains always make for a nice design.

  20. I shop just like you, Roseanne, and apparently many other of our quilting friends! And those lovely bits of fabric always find their way into a project at some point, don’t they? Your dark blue baby quilt turned out beautifully – perfect for Colt!

  21. karenfae says:

    I order with no plan in place – I think we all need to talk to Sue!! I just got 4 charm packages of batiks from Bluprint last week and now they have a sale again – all those 5 inch charms come in so handy and they are cheaper than yardage in the end and make so many beautiful quilts 🙂 Neutral background fabrics coming in yardages sometime in the upcoming week – I think – who can tell with the packages now days but in the end they all arrive

  22. Janice Snell says:

    Lovely quilt! I have one question for Sue. Is it a little tough to hand quilt through batiks. I haven’t hand quilted batiks in a while and I have a project that I have been dragging my heels on because I am dreading it. Congrats on a wonderful finish.

  23. Laura says:

    Yup…Piecefulwendy has got it right! When it comes to fabric, I am an impulse buyer! No project in mind needed! I love to pet it until I decide what I want to do with it. 🙂

    Wonderful job with the quilting! Batiks are harder to quilt, so Sue is to be commended for sure!

  24. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, I agree with everything that piecefulwendy said in her comment! Seeing this lovely baby quilt has me incredibly inspired to create Baby quilts. I am hoping that I will discover enough 5 inch pre-cut squares to create one or two quilts similar to this treasured quilt that Colt can use at GG’s for many, many years!!! My daughter still has and uses the baby quilt that her Great Grandmother and her Grandmother made for her before she was born. Once again, I can not express how much I enjoy reading your posts, being inspired by so many of the quilts that you and Sue create, along with so many other bright and cheerful items. I almost forgot to ask you to tell Sue she did a marvelous hand quilting job on this quilt! I hope that the two of you continue to find quilting and stitching a fabulous way to stay safe and stay busy during these stressful and confusing times.

  25. Kathryn says:

    It’s great and love that it’s already being used. It’s fortunate I don’t live in the USA because I’d be tempted all the time by Missouri and Fat Quarter Shop. I am bad enough as it is. The Covid thing has put an end to my international forays for the moment. I have plenty of fabric in the meantime! Funny that.

  26. Sue, Sue, Sue — we need to talk. Impulse shopping is good for the sewing mojo! Just look at that adorable quilt you two made, with the handsome little man grinning as he gives it a go. That quilt will have whales of tales as he grows!

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