Wednesday, September 17, 2014

cloudy day baby quilt

I have written up a quick tutorial for making this quilt in baby and quilt size, it is available here.  Happy quilting!

A friend of mine is expecting her first baby and she was not exactly thrilled when she found out that it was going to be a boy.  Since I find baby boy quilts a little difficult and this friend has a very strong personal style, I was a little worried about making her a quilt. I wanted to make something that would help her be a little more excited about having a boy since baby boys are just the sweetest.
cloudy day baby quilt
Her style is very minimalist and involves a lot of white.  Originally I was planning on doing an entire quilt of half square triangles made with solid fabrics.  Once I started to cut fabrics I thought that I could probably make it a little more minimal, so I threw in a bunch of white and a few simple prints.
cloudy day baby quilt
I was trying for muted blues, grays, and blacks and I wanted to distribute them to look random. But it turns out that creating a "random" look is much more difficult than it should be. Seriously, this layout took forever and I'd go back and change a few things if I could.  Who knew that random took so much planning?

The backing is an amazing Bark and Branch print.  I was a little sad to use this one up, but it was the right fabric for this quilt. I may need to buy more.
cloudy day baby quilt
I gifted this at a baby shower last week (after finishing at the last minute!) and she seemed to really like it.  Gifting baby quilts is the best.  
cloudy day baby quilt
Finished size: 40" x 50"

25 comments :

  1. Man...you churn these darling baby quilts out fast!!! I have one awaiting attention as soon as I get a quilt bound.

    I'm curious as to your thoughts on white in baby quilts. I have an idea for pattern but it would be mostly white (or a light neutral) and am afraid it wouldn't get used because they'd be worried about getting it dirty. :/

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  2. This is really nice and it does look random. I know what you mean about having to "plan random" though. I also wonder about large amounts of white in a baby quilt.

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  3. I love how your baby quilt turned out. I agree putting together a random patterned quilt design can be difficult at times. Your randomness works in the end. I use alot of white in my baby quilts. They are meant to be loved and washed. I need to make a baby boy quilt so this inspires me. We love little boys, in our family we have 5 under the age 7 or the last 7 kids all boys under 16. We need some girls. lol Thanks for sharing your quilt finish.

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  4. It's gorgeous! Love the colour palette and the shapes created by the not so random layout!

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  5. This is a wonderful quilt I'm sure your friend will absolutely adore her precious little boy, and with you beautiful quilt he has a wonderful cosy bed. Quilty hugs

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  6. What a beautiful quilt for a little boy. And yes, random takes forever ;-)

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  7. Such a sweet quilt! I hope she likes it!

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  8. I love it. And given your description, I am sure your friend loves it too.

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  9. It's stunning and I love the dark binding.

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  10. Oh it looks great! I know what you mean about creating a "random" pattern. I always end up wanting to change something after it's finished.

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  11. What a great quilt. You defintiely achieved a great random design, well worth the time it takes to do such a thing. I love how the binding really frames the design. I do agree that baby boys are the cutest - but then with two little boys of my own I'm totally biased! I think that most quilt patterns will work for boys as long as you can pick the right colours/fabrics which you have most definitely done here.

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  12. I really like it! My approach to random is to mix things up until I feel uncomfortable about them LOL!

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  13. How could she not love it, I do!

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  14. Great quilt. Your work to make it random really paid off.

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  15. This is great and I'm fine with every detail!

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  16. This is a great quilt and the backing is perfect too!

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  17. What a lovely quilt! It is random enough, if you overthink it too much it will loose the randomness. They are great colours for a baby boy quilt, and you're right: baby boys are wonderful (I had three)!

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  18. It's wonderful, and I hope it did the trick to create more joy for the boy...

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  19. I'd have a hard time parting with that backing fabric too but I totally agree that it was the perfect backing for that gorgeous quilt!

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  20. At the risk of sounding like I am just repeating the previous comments....this is a gorgeous baby quilt. Your friend is very, very lucky to know you! I hope, too, that it helps her feel happier about a boy on the way. All babies are just SO wonderful!!

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  21. The quilt is beautiful. So simple in design, but wonderfully creative in fabric selection. Just the right touch of color for a perfect baby boy quilt. I hope the mom-to-be appreciates it.

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  22. Wonderful baby boy quilt. Congrats on a great job!

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  23. I love the colour palette and it is quite minimalist. I hope your friend loves it. I never found out what I was having with all three pregnancies because I didn't want to feel disappointed and have people pick up on that. I have a daughter and two sons. Little boys are so sweet and less complicated than little girls, I have to say. I hope your friend has come around to the idea of a boy now!

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