Wednesday, August 6, 2014

*sparkler* baby quilt

A few weeks ago my sister asked if I would be willing to make a baby quilt for her co-worker's new baby.  At first I was going to say no because I have never met her co-worker and it seemed kind of weird, but I love my sister and I love making baby quilts so I said yes.
sparkler quilt
The colors that she requested were white, gray, various shades of teal, and pops of orange.  She gave me freedom on the design, but as I have discussed before, I have trouble with baby boy quilts.  I did have a photo of her baby's nursery so far and it was pretty bold and modern so I wanted to make sure this would fit in.
sparkler quilt
I decided to make a quilt similar to the Mexican Hat Dance quilt in Gwen Marsten's Liberated Quiltmaking II.  I bought this book after seeing versions of this quilt online (here and here).
Thank goodness for Carolyn Friedlander's (more or less) gender neutral Botanics collection because I relied heavily on it for fabrics in the quilt. It seems like almost every other teal or orange fabric I had was floral.
sparkler quilt
When my sister told me about the quilt she said that she wanted me to make a "crib quilt."  I assumed that she meant a normal, 45" x 60" crib quilt and started to make it that size.  I realized part way through that my math was a little off and the quilt was going to end up a little small.  When I asked my sister if that's okay she said yes because she didn't want a "crib quilt," she wanted a quilt to hang on the side of the crib.  Ha ha.  Hopefully it actually gets used and doesn't just hang on the side of the crib forever.  
sparkler quilt
This super terrible, blurry, dark photo is the someone the only one that I got that shows the backing fabric, which is Ann Kelle Remix.  Despite the bad photo, it is a great print and is one of my new favorites.  The binding is a gray Architextures crosshatch.
I took these photos in front of our church building after we left an activity for the kids this evening.  We walked out and the sun was just on the horizon and there were hot air balloons landing all around the building.  It was magical.  
harper at sunset
Overall making this quilt for my sister to give to someone I never met was very enjoyable.  I will be sending it off to Denver soon so that it can be gifted at a baby shower.

Finished size: 39" x 52"

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29 comments :

  1. lucky baby! I love this quilt! it is a pattern I have been wanting to make for a while. Love yours!

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  2. Great job! I have always admired this design! And yours is really beautiful!

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  3. This quilt is so nice. Lucky for the family receiving it and for your sister gifting it.

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  4. Terrific! Liberated Quiltmaking II is my 'go to' for fun to make stunners. Well done!

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  5. That quilt turned out so great!

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  6. love this design and blue and orange is always the way to go for boys!

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  7. I can just imagine your face when you heard it's to hang (not be used) on the side of a crib. Ouch! Hopefully you are right and it will get lots of hugs, tugs across the floor, snuggles and washings. Great job.

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  8. It turned out beautiful! I love the pattern and colors you chose. The backing is a great fit too!

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  9. My guess...it will be that quilt thats gets tossed on the ground for tummy play, in the car for a road trip. I'm betting it will be loved. :) How could it not? It's amazing!!! You have such an eye for color, Erica!

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  10. This is perfect for a boy quilt! Beautiful!

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  11. Wow- this is amazing and I love everything about it. I love that Gwen Marston book too- it's about time I got myself a copy.

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  12. I love EVERYTHING about this quilt. Very lucky mommy to be - even if she is a stranger!

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  13. Hey, any excuse to make a quilt works for me! Turned out great.

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  14. This is so pretty! Love the color palette.

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  15. It's gorgeous Erica - lucky recipient. I love the backing fabric too - must hunt some out!

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  16. what a beauty, I'm sure your sister's friend will love it. And hopefully let the baby use it, too :)

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  17. This is beautiful. Love the colors. Lucky baby!

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  18. These colors play beautifully together. Great job! Hanging off the side of the crib is a nice showcase, I think. Aren't you supposed to keep blankets out of there anyway in the beginning?

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  19. This is beautiful! I love the pops of orange!

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  20. Beautiful! This is a great quilt. Love the colors.

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  21. Superb choices of fabrics/colour combos - wonderful job!

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  22. Lovely quilt and beautiful photos, Erica. Great design! The colours are perfect!

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  23. It looks really awesome! I love the colors.

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  24. Love the blue with red accents! Well done!

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  25. What a great quilt! Love the color choices, too! How sweet that your sister asked you to make her shower gift for her. Nice!
    Boy quilts are super hard for me, too. I never seem to find the right fabric. It's either geared for tiny babies, toddlers or themed. So if the boy is past being a baby or toddler and not into the latest super hero it makes it really difficult.

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