One of my favorite (and the most nerve-wracking) parts about making quilts for other people is picking the fabrics and pattern that will allow me to encompass their person style and unique personality in a quilt. It can be a very daunting undertaking to pin down the exact right look. This bright and funky baby quilt was for a friend of mine who is expecting a baby girl at the end of this month! I wanted her baby’s quilt to be modern, feminine, and trendy – just like her mama!
To make this quilt I pulled out all of the scraps in my stash I could find in shades of hot pink, mint green, and aqua blue. I used solid mint green for the background to keep it balanced with all the bright colors. Mint green minky was my choice for the back because, let’s face it – it is the softest, cuddliest fabric ever! I love including it in baby quilts knowing that baby will have a snuggly quilt. I machine quilted it and added hot pink binding for that extra *pop* of girly-ness.
The pattern I used for this quilt was called “Picnic” and it was from the book Scrap Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett. Her original pattern was for a full-size quilt and I adapted it for a baby quilt. I used the same block sizes but made the quilt 5×6 blocks. In hindsight, I should have made it 6×6 blocks. The pattern is meant to be 4-patch blocks that make flowers when you put them together. I had to improvise and make one straight-block line down the middle. It turned out fine – I think it looks like a stem down the center. The finished quilt is 30″ x 35″.
I couldn’t resist – I love this pattern, I had to make a boy version! 🙂 I did make this version to be 6×6 blocks. It doesn’t have a home yet, but I do have a really fun idea for the back. To be continued…
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~Elise and Emerald