Perry Moffitt

July 2, 2010

Baby Paintbox Quilt

I started this while in the last days of pregnancy. Baby turned 3 months old this past Tuesday.  So, this is what 20 minutes of sewing a day will get you;

I was stumped on what the binding should be for a while but ran across this lovely polka dot satin at the Joann’s and made half a yard into just the right amount of binding.

I added a stripe on the back in the dead center. The minkee came up just a smidge short and this is how I made up the 3 inches I needed to match the front.

In full disclosure I should tell you I did not use any batting in this quilt. Strange, right? Well, it was very intentional. I noticed that we had not been using the baby quilts I had for miss d. but instead using the store bought minkee blankets, and I realized the reason was the quilts I had made, even with thin cotton batting, were just too bulky to use. So, this is just fabric and minkee and it feels like just the right weight, better for traveling from room to room and snuggling with at naptime.


  1. YAY! I LOVE this! Your fabric selections are perfect for this style, and I’ll bet you get a lot of Blanky Envy at the playground for this beautiful, cuddly quilt! I did a similar project recently using the Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt, but I quilted the top and thin batting, then attached Minky Dot backing around the edges and bound with packaged satin binding. But I didn’t like how my backing separated from the quilted top and shifted around. I like the way you did yours much better, skipping the batting and quilting through the Minky, and I plan to do it your way next time.

    Also, congratulations on your little one! Three months turns into three years in a heartbeat, then before you know it your baby will be a rising fourth grader like mine is. Enjoy every moment of it (even on the days when you’re ready to pull your hair out!). 🙂

    Comment by Rebecca Grace — July 3, 2010 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  2. I too want to just use the quilt top and the minkee, with no batting. I’m doing two memory lap quilts for the daughters of my friend who just died from breast cancer last week.

    Are there any tips for quilting the top and minkee? I was warned it would “stretch too much”.
    thanks in advance – Marian

    Comment by Marian — October 7, 2010 @ 10:16 am | Reply

    • I use “heat n bond lite” I can get a roll of it at my local Joann’s for around $12. The minkee is very difficult to quilt with unless you use some kind of stabilizer or fusible webbing. Good luck and very sorry to hear about your friend.

      Comment by perrymoffitt — October 7, 2010 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

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