I’ve been working on this patchwork baby playmat for the last few weeks. It’s been made for a baby expected due May. As it is a baby girl and it is spring time, I planned to use some patterns with indicators of spring. It is a kinda garden scene with various flowers, leaves, butterflies, ladybugs,  bees and even a rabbit hiding below the flowers.
      Since I like dealing with little pieces and I’m a fan of appliques, I enjoyed doing it very much. Here are the instructions and patterns in PDF format if you want to make one.

Instructions

 Firstly, it is a good idea to decide the layout of the design. You may draw on a paper to have an idea and decide what to add to the surface. I’ve been inspired from various designs on the net but I drew my own one. Nevetheless, I had some changes as the work progressed.

 I had four different flower patterns. Below are the patterns of the flowers that you can download free templates, print and use.
              
                 leaves and flowers pattern in PDF

       While making flowers I machine sewed the petals. After filling in the petals I sew them on the fabric. But the orange flower is paper pieced, batted then appliqued to the fabric. Here are the photos of how to make the flower.





 
The petals of the yellow flower is machine sewed together with batting material and laid out as in the picture above and then the center is applied.




Animals are great fun to make becasue they are so cute. Below are the free templates in PDF downloadable patterns for ladybugs, birds, bees and the rabbit. 
       
      ladybugs, bees, butterflies patterns in PDF

      All patterns are prepared by epp and then appliqued to the fabric. The little bee is in format of a toy, have a close look at it. It is stitched to a thick thread to the flower so that the baby can play with it. Similarly, rabbits ears are stitched from the bottom and free from the ground fabric. I’m sure the baby will like pulling the ears!
     
       






In the photos below are the steps of making the bunny. But before download the free template and print it out.








The center of the playmat is left blank intentionally for the baby to be laid on. When all the pieces are appliqued and sewn to the fabric, I made the quilt sandwich, thickly padded, I used to layers of batting. It is hand quilted. I quilted around the patterns with a thread the same color of the ground fabric, which is grey. Finally I used pink binding to finish the playmat.

  The finished measurement of the playmat is 34”x38”




Baby quilts are always fun and easier to make due to its size. Baby quilts are lovely. I enjoyed making this quilt and am happy with the result. What do you think?