Seersucker Baby Quilt
A spiraling seersucker log cabin quilt makes a tactile treat for little hands and feet. Mix colors and stripes (we used seven types of seersucker), and vary the directions of the stripes.
Log cabin quilts feature blocks of fabric that spiral around a central square. For instructions on making the design for the top of the quilt, see How to Make a Log Cabin Pattern. (To make a 40-inch square quilt, start with a 10 1/2-inch center square and add 5 1/2-inch-wide strips.)
The following instructions are for binding and topstitching the quilt after you've pieced together the top. Binding involves securing the layers of the quilt -- front, batting, and back -- around the edges with a strip of fabric cut on the bias. For a dash of color to match the backing and binding, the quilt is stitched in yellow along the seams, a technique called "stitching in the ditch."
- Rotary cutter and mat, marthastewartcrafts.com
- Seesucker fabrics, bandjfabrics.com
- Cotton pima poplin (backing), bandjfabrics.com
- Quilt batting
- Basic sewing supplies
Use a rotary cutter to cut strips of 2 1/4-inch wide fabric on the bias. Stitch strips together to make a piece a few inches longer than the quilt's perimeter.
Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together; do not press. Beginning in the middle of 1 long side on the quilt front, align and pin the binding's raw edges to the quilt's raw edges. Start sewing the binding to the quilt with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Fold the fabric at the corners. When you get all the way around the quilt, fold the end of the binding under for a neat look.
Finish the binding by folding it over the edge of the back of the quilt and hand-stitching it in place, as shown: Holding the binding against the back of the quilt, secure it by blind stitching its folded edge every 1/8 inch, picking up just a couple of threads of the quilt back beyond the seam allowance with each stitch.
We used a method known as "stitch in the ditch." This involves stitching along the piecework seams. Make a running stitch along the seams, stitching through all the layers of fabric. Or use a sewing machine. With either technique, you can use a contrasting color or one that blends in.