I think I am a little behind the times on trying out economy blocks (find Rita's excellent tutorial here), but it seemed like a good choice for a playmat for the baby. I have tentatively decided not to make the baby a new quilt and to use this one instead. I am sure that I will want to make him one once I meet him, but I am feeling a little directionless right now.
So instead I started cutting out novelty prints for a small playmat (still technically a quilt but I'm calling it a playmat since it is so small). I want to have something for the baby to play/sit/lay on while we are waiting for the older kids at all of their activities that has lots of colors and contrast for the baby to look at. This quilt was heavily inspired by this gorgeous quilt.
I was a little concerned that I wouldn't have enough novelty prints in my stash, but it turns out I have a ton of fabric. Oops.
The backing is essex linen in black since I wanted something a little more rugged that wouldn't look dirty too quickly. The binding is a blue DS Quilts print from Joann's and you may have noticed that the quilt is machine bound. Shocking, I know. I do not like machine binding quilts but my technique is getting a little better and I wanted to make sure that the binding was a little extra durable.
Finished size: 35" x 35"