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Plus Banner Quilt Finish

Next up on my to-do list was to finish a quilt to gift to my second niece. Due to being a vigorous little lass trying to kick her way out (rather literally, unfortunately), we are expecting her a bit early via a scheduled birth on November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving. Thankfully, I have her quilt done in plenty of time!

Plus Banner Quilt

Plus Banner Quilt

In early December of last year, in preparation for being a Hive Mama for the Stash Bee in 2016, I knew I would need to post a tutorial for a block request on January 1st. I designed a quilt block and had gifting a quilt to my niece in mind. When I found out that my niece was going to become a big sister, I knew that the quilt would be a perfect baby quilt instead. So while I didn’t know how I would use these blocks at first, thanks so much to my hive members for contributing to this quilt!

Plus Banner Quilt

Plus Banner Quilt

I backed and bound the quilt using a wide quilt backing: Artisan Spirit Shimmer in Fuchsia from BackSide Fabrics (note: while BackSide Fabrics is a blog sponsor, that is not an affiliate link).

Plus Banner Quilt

Plus Banner Quilt

I tossed a color catcher in the wash with the quilt and I am so glad I did. I am not entirely sure what bled, but the plus in this corner is high on my suspicion list. 🙂 The color catcher did its job, and I am very impressed with how well they work.

Plus Banner Quilt

Plus Banner Quilt

I quilted and stitched the binding down on the Plus Banner Quilt with 50wt Aurifil #5003 (Wine). I used a medium all over stipple, and I love how the quilt crinkled up in the wash. The 5003 blended in beautifully with the Artisan Shimmer fabric and after a wash is hard to see as a detail of color even against the bright white in the top.

Plus Banner Quilt - Backing and Label

Plus Banner Quilt – Backing and Label

Quilt Statistics

  • Finished Flimsy: 56.5-inches square
  • After Quilting and Binding: 55.25-inches square (2% shrinkage)
  • After First Wash: 51-inches square (9% shrinkage)
Plus Banner Quilt

Plus Banner Quilt

I used Quilter’s Dream Orient batting, and I get asked frequently if the amount of shrinkage is due to the fact I do not pre-wash my fabric (although, with bee blocks, I can’t say how all the fabric in this quilt top was treated). I think that 9% shrinkage is pretty typical for most of my quilts. I use either Quilter’s Dream Orient or Dream Green, and the density of my quilting does not seem to affect it. I even do occasionally pre-wash my fabric. I feel like the shrinkage has much more to do with my batting. Note I don’t have 100% scientific backing on that, it’s just my sense of why I consistently see 8-9% shrinkage in my quilts. I will say that they also do flatten and stretch back out a bit after use. The crinkle and cuddle factor after a first wash is really fun, though!

Linking up with Finish It Friday.

23 thoughts on “Plus Banner Quilt Finish

  1. Lovely to read your post. It arrives in my in-box early morning, so when the family have got up and gone out, I look forward to reading my e-mails, (with coffee in hand), and I do so much enjoy reading what you’ve been up to. And i’m learning so much from reading how you work through your projects.
    In this post I think it’s so lovely how you have been preparing a quilt for your new niece. There is the excitement of the arrival of a new member of the family. So many quilters/crafters/knitters make a blanket or quilt, to welcome a newborn! It’s a precious gift.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Regards from Isobel

  2. Liz Horgan says:

    Your quilt is beautiful and will wrap your niece in love! Good luck with the birth–which will make all of your family’s Thanksgivings that much more special!

  3. Cindy says:

    I love the look of a freshly washed quilt, it gives them the ‘snuggle factor’. Lovely quilt Yvonne.

  4. Alison says:

    This turned out fantastic! I bet it will be well loved for a long time! I even found my block in it. 🙂

  5. Patricia says:

    Pretty quilt, love the colors. It will be a treasure for the little one

  6. aquilterstable says:

    Lovely! How nice you are ready before baby comes! And interesting about the shrinkage – I have rarely taken note of that. But I DO know that color catchers definitely can save the day!

  7. Jasmine says:

    This turned out perfect for a new niece. It sure looks cuddly. I would also agree that it is your batting causing the shrinking. Looking at the close-ups I can see the fabric bunch up which implies that the batting is smaller than the fabric. On one quilt that I didn’t want to shrink too much, I pre-shrunk my batting. I followed the manufactures directions and it worked very well. However, I have only tried it once with Warm and Natural batting.

  8. Little Black Cat Quilting says:

    This is such a cool take on the typical plus quilt, I really like it! I’m sure your new niece will be snug as a bug when she arrives! 🙂

  9. Ruth says:

    I love quilters dream orient – it feels so soft but is not easy to get here. Lovely result and a gorgeous gift!

  10. nrs says:

    What a special gift from auntie. Did you make a big sister quilt? Thank you for sharing.

  11. A very special quilt, and I hope the schedule does not have to be altered. Lovely colours and design, and the backing, perfect with those l on the front.

  12. Tish says:

    I’m so excited for you to give this to your new niece and that you will get to met her soon! This is a beautiful quilt and it looks so snuggly after its first wash.

  13. Your quilt turned out wonderfully. I also love the crinkle factor after the first washing.

  14. That’s a beautiful quilt! I agree, those color catchers are fabulous!

  15. Sue says:

    This is a lovely little quilt, Yvonne. Yay for your MQG quilt too. Arrived in my inbox this morning and I have downloaded already!

  16. Beautiful quilt! What a blessing for your new niece!

  17. Cheryl says:

    Great finish! I love the crinkly look from a washed stippled quilt, it just looks so soft and cuddly!

  18. Jen Shaffer says:

    It’s a lovely quilt, and all wrinkly and snugly looking!

  19. Hurrah for colour catchers that do their job and crinkly washed quilts.
    I hope your niece takes some pity on her mum in the little while between now and her birth. Kicking her way out? Ouch!

  20. Sharon says:

    You baby quilt is adorable!

  21. I love the crinkle quality of this quilt. it’s really a beautiful pattern for a baby. Good thing you used the color catchers. They really can save a quilt.

  22. The quilt is gorgeous, Yvonne. I love the colours and the design. The block design is really perfect because it could look great in so many different colours, which means it could be made for anyone. I hope everything goes well with the little one’s arrival this week 🙂

  23. This is such a great design Yvonne!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)