A Wonky Stars Baby Boy Quilt, With a Plot Twist


Wonky Stars Quilt B

I started making a quilt for a baby boy using bright solids mixed with shades of brown and cream.  I thought the neutral tones would calm the brights, but then I thought it was a bit too calm.  I threw in a much needed plot twist — polka dots.

Baby quilts always make me dream of the recipient’s future.  This quilt made me think how colorful the regular days are when you’re a child, and how much more the big days will really stand out in his memory.

Wonky Stars Quilt A

Then for good measure, I did a little hand quilting around the stars in the polka dotted blocks, just to give them an extra little pop.

Wonky Stars Quilt C

The backing is a print of old comic book ads from the Rocket Age collection by October Afternoon for Riley Blake. The backing along with the wood grain binding makes me think of little boys reading comic books in their tree house over summer break.  (And it was a lot of fun stitching what looked like wood to paper!)

Wonky Stars Quilt E

Summer days and babies … anticipation!


6 thoughts on “A Wonky Stars Baby Boy Quilt, With a Plot Twist

  1. Love this. I am scared of browns, but this really works well. I will keep in mind as a background option for the future. I want to break away from Kona white/snow.

    • I haven’t used a lot of brown either, but I had a lot left over after making a quilt top of my cat’s face. :) The color combos in this one make me want to try a two color quilt in red and brown. They look warm and homey together.

    • Thanks, Sarah! In the beginning stages, I was only planning on making one star (not the background) in polka dots. But as I got a few brown squares done, it just seemed more fun to break up the variation in the browns instead. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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