Science! Baby Quilt

And suddenly, a baby quilt!

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A good friend of mine, who I worked with for four and a half years, had her first baby a couple of weeks ago.  I’d planned to make him a quilt anyway so I already had these fabrics pulled, I just needed a spark of inspiration and a kick up the bum – handily provided by the email announcing his birth!

The colour scheme is based on my friend’s preferences (her favourite colour is blue) and the fact that she is a chemist and her husband is an engineer, so I used the most science-y fabric I had to hand!  These are two of my favourite prints in the quilt:

I chose to do a random arrangement of squares that finished at 9, 6 and 3″ and started with a rough sketch of an arrangement on some graph paper so that I would know how many squares of each size I would need to cut.

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The layout meant there were some partial seams to deal with, but by going slow and thinking carefully about which bits to sew in which order, it all worked out well.  Because I wanted it done and sent off quickly, I decided to do a simple diagonal cross-hatch pattern for the quilting.

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The quilt is backed with a funky chevron print that has a lovely soft feel, and bound with left-overs from piecing the top.  I’m very pleased to say that the whole quilt (other than the wadding) came from my stash.  🙂  It’s all washed so it just needs a label and I can post it off along with a card and some well-earned Cadbury’s chocolate for the proud mum!  🙂

Linking up with Monday Making, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? and TGIFF (when they go live).  🙂

10 thoughts on “Science! Baby Quilt”

    1. Thank you, I hope so. 🙂 Posted it off today, now I’ll have Maker’s Anxiety until I know it’s arrived and they like it, lol!

  1. A perfect baby quilt for a baby of a scientist and an engineer. I have some of that periodic table fabric and a few other chemistry themed fabrics but wasn’t sure how to use them in a quilt. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you! I picked up the periodic table fabric at the Festival of Quilts in 2014 because I’m a chemist myself so I couldn’t possibly not buy it! However, I found it a bit of a challenge to visualise using in a quilt so I just kept collecting random fabrics that sort of went with it until it all snowballed (this is my best reason for why I keep collecting random fabric, heehee). Would love to see how you use yours! 🙂 I’m also very intrigued about “other chemistry themed fabrics” too – I may be biased but I think the world needs more science-y fabric! 😀

  2. What a great quilt! My daughter-in-law would love it as she is definitely a science person. My oldest granddaughter at 5 would love to learn about the periodic table. I think this quilt will find a home and be very appreciated.

    1. Thank you! It’s surprisingly hard to find good science-themed fabric, isn’t it? Well, it is here in the UK, anyway. If you make a science quilt for your family, I would definitely love to see it! 🙂

  3. The colors are bright and happy. I commend you on making your own layout, even if it meant partial seams. The overall effect is so catchy. What I love the most is this – it is a baby quilt but it is grown-up (not childish)!!!

    1. Thank you! It was actually quite fun and I’d totally do it again. 🙂 One of these days I might get hold of a copy of Electric Quilt to speed things along a bit, but until then at least I have graph paper! Thanks for the comment about it being “grown-up” too – it’s something I’ve tried to do with my baby quilts in the hopes that the quilt will have a bit more longevity rather than something very pastelly and baby-oriented that will be grown out of quite quickly. Well, that’s the theory, anyway – I haven’t been quilting long enough to test it thoroughly yet! 😉

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