I will never tire of a simple plus quilt! I made this for a friends baby boy, it's one of my go-to baby quilts because I always know the Mom will like it.
I stuck with blues and reds this time. Two color quilts are my favorite kind, and using lots of different hues of the same colors keep them from looking blah. Sometimes, if not all the time...less is more!
This quilt is fairly easy but if you need a pattern with the math figured out for you in 6 sizes, there is a PDF pattern available here.
I did a simple cross hatch straight line quilting using the corners of the pieced blocks as a guide. I eyeball my lines straight as I go, and since there are so many corners of the blocks and units it's pretty easy to stay semi-straight with this pattern.
I did an experiment with this one and quilted this without a walking foot on my Juki. The walking foot is the only part of the Juki I dislike so far. As I've said before it's extremely loud and clanky, and honestly I wasn't sure if it made that much of a difference. So I tried to quilt and bind this whole crib quilt without it...and I was pretty impressed! Now I have to admit that my basting was bad to begin with...crawling around on the ground pinning and being pregnant don't mix. There were a few areas where the fabric bunched a bit, but that was probably due to my bad basting. Overall I was really pleased with how the Juki does without a walking foot! It did great on the binding too, no pulling or bunching even with all those layers like my Bernina does.
Monday morning we found out our 4th (and last!) baby is a girl, and that afternoon my husband brought in 5 tubs of our saved boy clothes for me to go through and give away. Someone was a little bit eager to get his garage space back!
It's Mom torture to have to go through all those little clothes and think about not having any more baby boys in our home (until grand babies!). I saved tons of their little clothes I couldn't part with...don't tell Jay. ;)