City Play is a quilt that I found in my City Quilts book by Cherri House. The basis for this very fun quilt is a simple nine patch quilt block. What makes the quilt so stunning is the way she uses the borders around the nine patch blocks to give the quilt depth and interest. Also, since it uses so many fun colors, it was a ton of fun to do the initial piecing and I got through the quilt top in record time! I also had a bit of fun with the blue blocks, as they matched my shirt on that day particularly well. 🙂
When I first selected this quilt for Baby Sharp, the baby was being a bit shy and we all thought we were going to have to wait to find out the gender at birth! Just as I started sewing, one last ultrasound revealed a baby boy, so I changed up the pattern a bit to pull out some pinks and emphasize the blues and greens a bit more.
Because the front of the quilt is so bold and colorful, I knew that I would want to bind it with solid black to frame the quilt. Picking out the backing was a small challenge, but when I found the tied-died looking hearts on black and showed it to the mom-to-be, we both thought it was great. With the quilt completed, I have to say that the backing really pops and complements it very well. I am so happy with how this has turned out!
The finished quilt is just around 64″ by 64″, so it’s rather large for a baby quilt. I hope that the family gets lots of use and love out of it for years to come. It was so much fun to put together – my love of rainbows could be part of the reason!
Also, as I pulled back on the pinks in the quilt, I had 3 pink nine patch blocks left over that I turned into hot pads. A quick and fun way to use up the left over material!