Beary Bubbles

Bubbles of Bears

I have been working on this quilt for a few weeks now in a rush to try and get it done for a friend’s little boy.  This little boy is going to have a lot of changes coming this summer – he is moving out of crib into a real bed and is getting a little sister in just a few more weeks.  I love making baby blankets, but I also like making the older siblings feel special when they get a new little one in the house.  When I asked my friend if she would like a quilt for her little boy, she asked if I could make one for his new twin bed that he would be moving into.  The only thing she could really tell me is that he loves Winnie the Pooh, (he is only 2 after all..).

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I had been wanting to make a bubble quilt for a little while and thought this would be a great reason to do so.  I could keep it simple for him so he can use it for a few years and enjoy the bright colours without it looking to babyish. There have been several bubble quilts around the internet, but I based my quilt off a Moda Bake Shop tutorial for a Skittles Quilt by Piece N Quilt. I wasn’t using an ombre background so I simply cut 2 strips of the background wide enough and sewed together to make it long enough.  I used my Accuquilt Go Baby cutter to cut out the circles from a Welcome to Bear Country charm pack I had.  I pieced the “back” of the quilt, basted it and then glued the circles onto the quilt tip with a fabric glue stick.  I used my quilting to sew the circles on (the same sort of idea as Amanda Jean Nyberg’s Ticker Tape Quilt.

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For the quilting, I tried my hand at circles for the first time.  Not all of them are very even circles (some are a little wobbly and others a little more like ovals), but I like the overall effect.  I filled in the sides with a stipple to help the circles look like they were floating up the quilt like a stream of bubbles.  The quilting of this was definitely the most time consuming part, and my arms are a little tired from tugging this around through the machine for the last few days!

Fold over binding

I also decided to try a new way of binding the quilt using the backing and just folding it over.  I followed this tutorial on Sewn up, and I must say this was an easy fast way to bind a quilt.  I love the way it looks on the back but am having mixed feelings about the front.  My binding ended up much winder than the original tutorial so I think I must have folded something wrong along the way.  I will most likely try this again and play with it a little more to get the front to a point that I love it as well.

This quilt is in its new home and I am hoping making one little boy like his new bed!

 

Quit Stats:

Size : 66″ x 85″

Top: Kona Sour Apple, Welcome to Bear Country

Backing: Winnie the Pooh (can’t remember were I got this, oops), Kona Ash strip, name is in Simply Colour

 

I am linking up to Finish it up Friday hosted by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

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