I wrote this blog post back in April, when I made the quilt. The quilt has traveled halfway around the world to my friend, and I have been waiting until she received it to post about it here!
When I heard that a very dear friend of mine was expecting a baby, I knew I wanted to make her something special. I’m not exactly sure where I first heard about double gauze quilts, but this was the idea that came to mind. Immediately after making this one, I added a double gauze quilt to my sew-for-myself list!! (Spoiler alert– next week, I’ll post about my own quilt!!)
I did a bit of research and found that there was a very useful post on the Imagine Gnats blog about what double gauze actually is, its various applications–and most importantly, sources for the fabric! Further perusal led me to Rachael’s post on her simple double gauze quilt, which I absolutely loved. I decided that I wanted to make a quilt with a similar design and attempt to coordinate the quilt colors with a furniture item that my friend was receiving for her baby.
After checking out several online sources (I couldn’t locate any nearby shops that carried it), I decided to shop at Imagine Gnats for my double gauze. This was my very first time ordering fabric online, and I was getting a bit overwhelmed trying to put together a set of coordinating fabrics based on website photos. However, when I emailed Rachael, she responded within 15 minutes(!!!) with very helpful clarifications and advice. I am so grateful! When I got billed, she even refunded me (without me even saying anything!) for a relevant coupon code that I hadn’t been aware of until after I had placed my order.
Fabrics: Nordic double gauze: Zinc Lozenges; Nordic double gauze: carbon triangles; Kobayashi double gauze solid kelly green; Kobayashi double gauze solid light green; Kobayashi double gauze solid light grey (for back)
I cut strips of fabric straight across from selvedge to selvedge and pieced them together to create an approximately 60″ x 42″ quilt top. I got the idea from THIS beautiful double gauze quilt to topstitch each of the piecing seams.
I used flannel for the “batting,” and discovered that my craft room table is almost perfectly sized to lay out a quilt sandwich for this size quilt! Yay! I used painter’s tape to secure the bottom layer (a 2-yd piece of solid grey double gauze) to the table, and then it was nice and flat and “un-shifty” to lay on the next two layers.
I pinned with straight pins, even though it was a bit prickly during quilting!
The quilting is simply straight lines about 1/2″ on either side of each piecing seam. For additional security, I added a line of stitching in each of the large grey pattered sections, too– purposely placed off-center.
I used the scraps of quilt fabric to make a pieced binding (I really like the look of a scrappy binding…).
I also used my embroidery attachment to create a dedication tag to sew into the binding.
One thing I have neglected to mention was that I had a bit of a looming deadline for this gift! This might be the fastest quilt I’ve ever (and will ever??) make. I’d wanted to start it earlier, but with this-that-and-the-other going on in my life, I was delayed. I ordered my fabric on a Saturday night and received it on Thursday. On Thursday afternoon, I cut it out and started piecing. Friday naptime saw more piecing and topstitching of the piecing seams. On Saturday, I made the quilt sandwich, pinned it, quilted it, made the dedication tag and binding, and machined the binding onto the front. I spent every free moment on Sunday and Monday hand-stitching the binding so that I could mail it on Tuesday! Special thanks to my friend B who stopped by at very last-minute notice to take photos of me holding the quilt so that I could have some of its entirety!!