I’ve felt like a slacker for the better part of a year, as I just haven’t felt the urge to do much sewing. But, thanks to baby Spot, I have a good reason to get back into my sewing room. Yes for baby quilts!
I never seem to have a problem picking out quilt patterns for other people’s kids, but I’ve been finding it super difficult to pick out a quilt for Spot. So, obvious solution – Spot is going to end up with several quilts. The first one I’m working on is a quilt featuring illustrations from The Fuzzy Duckling, which is a Little Golden Books classic. I picked up a fabric panel that was meant to make a cloth book and used the illustrations from it as focus fabrics for some of the quilt blocks. I got my panel at Let’s Sew (my local fabric store) but you can find this and other Little Golden Books panels lots of places online.
When planning the quilt, I decided on an alternating pattern for my quilt blocks. Half would feature the illustrations from the book and half would be stars. Each block would be 10″ with a finished quilt of 40×50″.
The illustrations in the panel were a strange size – a little over 7″ square, so I ended up trimming 10 of them down into 6.5″ squares (to finish at 6″) and adding a 2″ border all the way around for the 10 inches. And because I don’t like working with weird measurements, I decided to go with an 8″ star block and adding a 1″ border all the way around. Yea for easy math!
The panel blocks were quick to put together. I’m sure I have less than 2 hours in cutting and piecing all 10 of those blocks. The stars are a bit more complicated, just because of the number of pieces, so I’m expecting them to take a bit more time, but the test block came out pretty well. I think that’s a good sign.
My biggest concern with the quilt is trying to stay in a more neutral color palette without having the quilt look like it should only be out in the fall. That means balancing gray with brown, and just a touch of color here and there. I guess I’ll have to see what happens.
What quilting/sewing projects are you working on right now?
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