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.
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.
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!)
Summer days and babies … anticipation!
Sorry, they are bad pictures. Sometimes it just turns out that way.
First, here’s the Deegie Face quilt top finished and hung up, but on a day so sunny (and me so rushed for time) that it’s even hard to see:
And here it is with the photo that inspired it:
It’s off to the long arm quilter this weekend. I chose a soft flannel for the backing, and I think I’ll see if the quilt shop has a heavier batting than I usually use. I just imagine this quilt being super cuddly, like Deegie.
My next quilt is for a baby boy in our family. I’m using some of the browns leftover from Deegie’s quilt along with some brights I already had and some scraps from the Healing Quilt. I threw in a little plot twist, just for fun.
Percy noticed it right away.
When I heard that a friend in Florida had a new granddaughter, I instantly wanted to make her this little deer quilt. Years ago, we both blogged and had names we used online for our kids. I had Tall One and Little One (which is how we assumed the dogs told the kids apart) and my friend had Mini Me and Lumberjack. Well, time flies and children grow. Lumberjack is a Daddy, and a deer quilt seems like a perfect fit for a Lumberjack’s beautiful daughter.
I’m really pleased with that bright pink binding against the blue, and I’m so in love with the deer that I may need to make myself one to keep. The pattern is free from the hugely talented Luke Haynes, with a PDF pattern and instructions at We All Sew. While it looks complicated, the steps are broken down nicely and it’s all easy to follow. It seems pretty forgiving of small mistakes, too. If you like the quilt and you sew at all, give it a try.
And now, back to sewing …
My current work in progress is a sweet little deer baby quilt. I’ll post more about it when it’s finished, but I thought you might like a peek of how it looks right now. In the last photo, the medium tone fabric isn’t yet sewn down, it’s just laying on the white. (Oh, what a challenge that is going to be!) There will be one more layer of darker fabric to add a little more detail and dimension.