And suddenly, a baby quilt!
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.
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.
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! 🙂