Finished: 3 Dudes Baby Quilt

I got the idea for this quilt from the 3 Dudes Quilt tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I followed the same basic procedure that they used, but I started with 5 strips in my blocks instead of four.  I also made my strip sets using half strips so that I got more variety in my fabric combinations.

I love the movement in this quilt.  It reminds me of looking into a kaleidoscope.  I'm thinking I will pull this pattern out again someday.  40 strips made the quilt finish at about 54 inches square.  That's just about right for a baby to grow into.  

I quilted it with all-over free motion swirls on my longarm.  Swirly designs are by far my favorite.  I love the texture and movement they add to any quilt.

For the back of the quilt, I used a soft blue minky with sea animals.  I really enjoy the weight and feel of minky.  I also appreciate how well it shows off the quilting.

I bound this one completely by machine.  To secure the binding, I used tiny free motion loops.  The added bit of whimsy is perfect for a child's quilt.

The quilt has already made it to Cincinnati where it is keeping a brand new baby girl nice and warm.  Quilts make wonderful hugs for the people you love, especially when they're far away.