I am excited to be able to reveal a quilt to you today that I made at the end of July. I was approached by a group of friends who wanted to work with me to make a baby quilt as a baby shower gift. We emailed back and forth, and to enhance the experience, we decided to go as a group on a fabric shopping trip. Per the email discussion before the trip, I was planning on working with the ladies to find fabrics to work with a pre-determined design. However, when we were in the fabric store, it was a bit overwhelming for all of us, I believe. In the end, what worked best was for the ladies to find fabrics that they were drawn to and I made a purchase knowing that I could come back to my studio and find inspiration for what to do with the fabric later.
The gold flaked teal at the top of the fabric image was selected to be the quilt binding. The inspiration fabrics are the two prints in the middle row, and from those prints, the 3 coordinating solids were chosen. One fun tidbit about the rocket ship fabric on the far right is that the rockets glow in the dark!
Using EQ5, I put together 3 design concepts that I thought would make the best use of the fabrics and let the group decide which design they would like me to create.
The overwhelming response was to create design Option 1. The quilt top went together very quickly, and in the end I like the orientation of the fabrics better with the block edges on the left hand side of the quilt.
Super Cute Baby Boy Quilt Top Assembly Sequence
I once again used swirls as an all over quilting pattern, but I also made a large rocket in the center panel to nest the swirls around:
I used up the last of the Navy Rocket Age Rocket Blast fabric I had on hand for the quilt backing.
And using my simple drawstring bag tutorial, I made a gift bag for the quilt with the fabric left over from the binding.
I think the hardest part of this whole process has been keeping photos and details about the quilt a secret until after the baby shower. I think it was kept as a good surprise, and I am excited to get to share this with you now! 🙂
Super Cute Baby Boy Quilt Stats:
- Flimsy Finish: 38.5″ x 46″
- After Quilting: 37.5″ x 44.25″ (~3% shrinkage from flimsy finish)
- After First Wash: 35.25″ x 41.5″ (~9% shrinkage from flimsy finish)
Total time spent on design, piecing, quilting, and making the gift bag: 10 hours. 3 of the 10 hours were spent on design. If we were able to stay with the original design, I think that the design time would have been 0.5 hours, but the piecing time would have increased and probably balanced out in the end.