A Speedy Gonzalez Quilt

Monday, July 10, 2017

About a month ago, I received an invitation for a baby shower for a friend in the mail. The baby shower was less than two weeks away, and I had a million other things on my plate. It was already on my to-do list to make a quilt for my friend, but the baby shower moved the deadline up by several weeks!


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt



When I finally had a chance to make a quilt, I had just two days to get it done! I knew I would very little sewing time in those two days. I quickly decided the only way to make a top and get it quilted in time was to make a quilt-as-you-go quilt. I remembered the tutorial for using 2 1/2" mini charms for a quick and easy quilt, and got started! (I used the same tutorial to make my Moda Reunion quilt.)


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

I keep a bolt of Moda Bella White on hand, so I cut one yard from it for the quilt top. I used a piece of gray cross-hatch backing fabric that I had just picked up on sale for the backing. And I used some of my Warm 100 batting by The Warm Co. that I have a roll of now!


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

I used my acrylic ruler to evenly space 2 1/2" mini charms (I got a few packs of these girly prints from Pineapple Fabrics when I was at the KCRQF) and pinned them into place with basting pins. Basting and layout all in one step!


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

To try and keep the lines as straight as possible, I used my Hera marker and my acrylic ruler to draw the lines I planned to quilt. I only drew the vertical lines to start.


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

Then I used my walking foot with Medium Carmine Red #2455 Aurifil 50wt thread to quilt it. (I didn't use white! Shocking, I know!) I stitched just 1/4" inside all four sides of the 2 1/2" squares so the quilting was stitching the squares down as I went.


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

I was extremely thankful for my new walking foot that allows me to "run" instead of "walk" while quilting! It made for very quick work!


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

After quilting all the vertical lines, I used the Hera marker to draw the horizontal lines before stitching them. The lines aren't perfect. The price you pay for speed I suppose. But after washing, it wasn't as noticeable. Plus, this is a quilt to be used and loved. No baby is going to inspect those lines!


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

I trimmed up the sides and used four strips from a jelly roll for the binding.


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

I sewed like the wind! I finished two minutes before my husband came home from work to load the car for our trip! Just enough time to snap a few pictures!


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

Once we arrived at my parent's house (where we were staying the night before the baby shower), I threw the quilt in the washer and dryer to fray the raw edges. I stayed up late that night trimming all the extra threads.


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

A few more quick pictures before tossing it in a gift bag. I didn't have time to make a label this time. Maybe I'll just mail my friend one to iron on!


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

This one was quite a quick make! Start to gifted in less than 48 hours! Plus driving to an out-of-state baby shower in that time too! I definitely felt like Speedy Gonzalez for this one! (Everyone knows who Speedy Gonzalez is, right??)


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

The baby's birth day is still a couple weeks away, so no cute baby-on-quilt pictures yet!


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

This was my 24th quilt finish for the year!


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

Linking up to Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts, TGIFF at JANDA Bend Quilts, and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Quilt-As-You-Go quick and easy baby quilt

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18 comments:

  1. What a sweet gift and clever use of a charm pack! You were definitely channeling your inner Speedy Gonzalez. :)

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  3. Super cute in super fast time!!! The perfect baby gift.

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  4. That quilt is just stinkin cute! And that's a clever use of a mini charm pack. Hooray for your fast finish!

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  5. That's a great finish and a great way to make a quick baby quilt! You are amazing!

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  6. I want to make one of these some day. Washed up its so sweet and soft. Great gift!

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  7. I love this idea! Your quilt is so lovely, too.

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  8. Oh my goodness! Such a cute quilt! Great idea and gift.

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  9. I'm going to make this. I'll use Elmer's washable school glue to hold the mini charms, love love love love love your quilt!!!!

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  10. This is so cute!! And it would be great for my kids to try/an awesome use of mini charms that I never know what to do with!

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  11. The fuzzy edges will be great for the baby to explore. I loved using small quilts as play mats when my daughter was little, like this one.

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  12. What a cute fast quilt! I gotta remember this one. Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  13. That looks awesome! I've seen this quickie style before but I've never made one myself. Will keep it in mind for a fast finish (and fast start!)

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  14. Beautiful quilt! Thanks for showing us how to make one as well and for the link up. It looks amazing.

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  15. Hi Laura,
    TWO DAYS?!!!! WOWEE! It was stressed just reading your post. What a smartie pants you are though - and the result is just beautiful. Great job, and I hope you receive a picture of that sweet baby-to-be on it. I am 100% sure that mom and baby will enjoy it, and feel all the love that was stitched into it. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  16. What a lovely way to make a gorgeous (and quick) quilt - I think it looks amazing!

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  17. Wow, that's a great quilt and a wonderful way to do the patches. Lovely gift.

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  18. So cute. And fast. I have to try this one right away. Thanks for sharing.

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