Rayden’s Baby Quilt

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I’m super excited that my first quilting finish of 2015 came on the 1st of the year. But even more than that, I’m thrilled that the quilt will be for my nephew Rayden. My step-brother Jeremy and his wife Cassie are due to have a little boy in February, and this quilt is for him.

I’d been meaning to make the quilt for a while, but couldn’t decide on on the color palette or pattern I wanted to use.  Cassie loves Disney, so my first thought was a Mickey Mouse themed quilt, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Then, a few weeks ago Cassie shared a photo of the finished nursery.  It was adorable and decided my colors for me.

Ryden's Room

With green and blue in mind, I went about pulling fabrics and trying to decide on a pattern. Be proud of me for my fabric pull, I only used fabrics I already had, even the yardage for the background and backing. For the pattern, I finally settled on Child’s Play by Zen Chic.

I will totally admit to copying the pattern from the photo so that I could get started on the quilt, because I wasn’t aware I could order a PDF and wanted to get started right away, but I will be ordering one for future projects. The quilt is really fun, but there has to be a better way than individual triangles for the long sections of background fabric between colored triangles. I also altered the shape of the quilt in my version for a much more rectangular version, instead of being so square.

Ryden's baby quilt

Since I wasn’t working from the actual pattern, I arbitrarily decided on 4″ strips to cut my triangles from, which gave my quilt a finished width of 37″ and with the additional fabric at the top and bottom, a finished height of 52.5″.

Ryden's baby quilt closeup

This was my first time quilting with bamboo batting, so I chose to do some simple straight line quilting following the triangle rows.  I was really pleased with how the batting quilted up.

And since this is a baby quilt, that I know will need to be washed a lot, I chose to machine stitch the binding in place. It’s not as pretty as a hand finished binding, but I know it will hold up through whatever might get thrown (up) on it.

Here’s hoping that baby and parents like the quilt as much as I do.

Sharing over at:
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Made by You Monday at Skip to My Lou, Much Ado About Monday at Huckleberry Love,
Take-a-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Show and Tell
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  1. Terri Ann on January 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

    What a neat quilt. I really like the negative space in this quilt. Gives the triangles wonderful breathing room. Congrats on the 1st finish of the year!

    • Andrea on January 2, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Thank you so much Terri! I absolutely love how this quilt turned out. I almost don’t want to give it away.

  2. Angie in SoCal on January 2, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Sure they’re going to love it – we do! That’s something to have a finish on NYD – congrats.

    • Andrea on January 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you so much Angie! I hope the rest of the year continues to bring finishes like this too.

  3. Vera on January 2, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Both quilts are lovely! What a start to the New Year! 🙂

    • Andrea on January 2, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you Vera! I hope that my New Year’s finish is a sign of many more finishes this year.

  4. Linda Dutch on January 2, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Lovely finish! and so soon after the beginning of the year! Linda

    • Andrea on January 2, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you so much Linda! And thanks for stopping by.

  5. Laura on January 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    That is adorable. I hate working with bamboo batting – did you find it squeaked or did you find a brand that didn’t? Suitable for a mouse I guess!

    • Andrea on January 2, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      I really didn’t notice that it squeaked. I couldn’t tell you the brand. My local fabric store had it on big rolls that were 102″ wide. I only got it because it wasn’t the usual local fabric shop that I get batting, and their cotton batting wasn’t something I loved. It had a texture to it that reminded me of that cheap stuff they sell at Jo-Ann’s. So I got the bamboo instead. Generally, I work with Quilter’s Dream cotton batting, which I absolutely love.

  6. Claire on January 4, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    What a great pattern to compliment the Mickey Mouse nursery without being Mickey Mouse. Love the blue and green.

    Haven’t tried those 60-degree triangles yet, so can’t comment on construction.

    • Andrea on January 5, 2015 at 3:59 am

      Thank you so much, Claire. I was so glad when Cassie shared a photo of the nursery. It made planning a quilt so much easier.

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