At the end of this Summer a new baby boy is due, not mine, but that of a close friend, and of course a quilt is in order. I waited with great anticipation until the day they announced the gender; a baby boy!
Promptly I searched the internet for fabric, and while I found several options I really liked, decided I really should take a look at my stash and see if I already had something that would be nice.
I came up with the following:
Urban Mod by Art Gallery Fabrics
Leftovers from my Philippians 4:8 Wall Hanging
Dr Seuss Fabric with Riley Blake Chevron
I let my boys decide which fabric to use and they quickly selected the Dr. Seuss Fabric because they said the other fabric was too girly. I thought the geometric patterns with blues, grays, and mustard were masculine, but they disagreed.
I found the following tutorial from Sew Mama Sew and decided I would make some pinwheels with my fabric.
Some of my pinwheels:
I backed it with a beautiful aqua minky dot from Hawthorne Threads. I love their minky , it is the best minky I have ever used. It is so soft and a little thicker than typical minky in my opinon. I did not use batting because I wanted the quilt to be light weight. It worked out pretty well, I have never done that before. You can see the "dots" of the minky dot on the front side of the quilt. In real life it isn't really noticeable, but in the pictures it makes the quilt look very wrinkled.
I quilted it with a "stitch in the ditch" following the pinwheel on the front, so it made the pinwheel image into the minky. I really like how that turned out.
I bound it with a red and white polka dot fabric.
I had just about finished the binding, one week before the baby shower, when I decided that this wasn't the quilt for my friend and her baby boy!
It's a cute quilt, but it just wasn't the right quilt. I saw the pattern, Fancy Forest by Elizabeth Hartman online and I just knew that I had to do something with these adorable 'forest friends'. I just couldn't resist!
I knew there was no way that I could make the whole quilt, but I had to do something with at least some of the woodland critters... So I had less than one week to make a new quilt, using this pattern, challenge accepted! Or I have serious mental issues, either way I was determined to make some of those little critters into a quilt.
Keep an eye out for my next blog post to see if I managed to get a Fancy Forest Quilt made in less than a week!