Minkee Baby Quilt

I love Minkee fabric. Normally I make mini tag blankets for shower gifts. This time I decided to use some of these charms that I bought a long time ago on sale.1-DSCN5405

I was a little hesitant about sewing with just Minkee so I added in a flannel, not only for its stability but pattern and interest. I am so glad I did.1-DSCN5399

I pinned like crazy and I still had difficulty lining up my seams. One side stretches like crazy and the other side not at all. Plus it appeared that some of the squares were off just a tad.5-DSCN5417

Then because the top was such a bear to piece, I figured it would be a good ides to practice quilting on a piece before I headed for disaster. I figured I would use a piece large enough for a Project Linus quilt if I didn’t run into any difficulties. Since it was practice it is just one yard of fabric each of a cotton print and solid Minkee back.  2-DSCN5413

Not knowing what to expect, I quilted a large meander. No problems, wished now I had gone for a design of sorts. Oh well.

For the pieced quilt, I quilted a flower in the flannel squares and a butterfly in the Minkee squares. My butterflies were not that great and I figured the mistakes would show up less in the Minkee. Which is true.5-DSCN5417

Problem #1 – with that premise, when stitches are hard to see, it is difficult to see where you have been and where you need to go.

Problem #2 – it all shows on the back. The largest piece of fabric I had in my stash to work with the quilt was a solid. So the good, bad and ugly all show.6-DSCN5424

My husband says it adds to the charm of the quilt. Got to love that man.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased. Enough to make another one. I learned a lot from this one and the next one will be even better and normally I move on to other things, but I really love the possibilities with this one.1-DSCN5401

Finished size is 32 x 42. Not huge but perfect for a newborn for these early winter months and not too large for a toddler to drag around as they grow.

Another finish on my 2014 WIPS!

Staying warm on the Journey, Jackie


  • Carol McD

    Thank you for sharing what you learned on this quilt. I don’t see any problems with the quilting – looks great to me and I’m sure the mom and baby won’t notice either. The colors are wonderful. I’m checking on the tag blanket link now. Bought some of joannes snugly soft monkey like stuff with that in mind. Thanks for the link 🙂

    • Jackie

      The Minkee fabric is a favorite as it is so soft. I think the feel of the fabric will overshadow all my mistakes. 🙂

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Sandi Colwell

    I think it looks warm and beautiful! I’ve never tried Minky…someday….

  • Diane

    I like your quilting choices….perfect for a baby. Thanks for sharing your ups and downs with this project.

    • Jackie

      Thanks Diane, I started another one just a bit ago. I hope it goes better.
      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
      Website/Blog: http://www.sewexcitedquilts.com
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  • Lizzie Lenard

    It looks a lovely snuggly quilt. The designs in the squares are just perfect.

  • LivinH20

    Thanks so much for sharing the highs and lows of using minkes fabric. It is helpful information. I am sure it your quilt will be enjoyed. It is a pretty quilt.

  • Cynthia Woodham

    I think you have done a beautiful job. Thank you for sharing as I haven’t use minkee fabrics yet.