Jigsaw Baby Quilt Free Pattern
It remains to be seen if our free pattern for the Jigsaw Baby Quilt is worth the wait but it is FINALLY available. I want to give a big huge Thank You to Kathleen from Kathleen McMusing for her encouragement. Without her urging, I never would have become comfortable with the software EQ8. Not only are we pleased as punch to share this pattern for free, but the original quilt has been recently gifted. A favorite couple of ours is having their second baby who shall be named Violet. My mom was named Violet Evelyn and it gives me great pleasure to think of a sweet girl carrying on the name, as well as being covered in our love underneath the quilt.
Jigsaw Way Back When
We started working on the jigsaw baby quilt in 2017, a full three years after making the queen-size version for Lauren and Joey’s wedding. You can see Lauren’s smiling face from her shower as the header on our Facebook page! Very slowly, this quilt was finished over many months.
Fabrics were chosen, knobs were traced and cut out, and an initial layout was made. VERY carefully, each square was labeled with its row number and position (like 9d to signify row 9, position 4).
Buttonholing started right at the beginning with row one. I went against my usual choice of black thread and chose an off-white instead. A few blocks were sewn together and we were extra diligent to make sure I kept the pieces in order. The design wall certainly helped with that task as an error is easily spotted, especially early in the process.
Even when I was ironing the seams after stitching them together, I was double-checking to make sure they looked like puzzle pieces!
Jigsaw Quilt Top Finally
By the end of December, 2018 we had not only a quilt top but a fully finished quilt.
I was successful in quilting this baby quilt with little angst. A swirl pattern was used in each knob and stippling to move in between them.
We also had chosen a different backing for the quilt originally but ended on this cute dotted one. For the binding, we chose a simple solid fabric in navy to frame all of the colorful jigsaw pieces.
Jigsaw Fast Forward to 2021
This pattern has been nagging me for four years. I guess it’s a case of not being ready until you are ready. I didn’t have the EQ8 software skills until recently. Now that I’m more comfortable the pattern came together with ease. We are thrilled to offer this pattern to you for free. Download and get sewing – be sure you show us your work when you’re finished. ~smile~ Roseanne
This is the EQ8 drawing of the baby quilt. It is a fairly close representation of the actual quilt, we think!
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