About two and a half years ago, I designed and made the Transparent Building Blocks quilt for friends expecting their first baby.
They recently reached out to me again because they are getting ready to welcome a second baby. Given the time frame and the proximity to the holidays, I wasn’t sure I would be able to come up with a new design and make a quilt in time. But I looked through some ideas I sketched up last May and I was able to modify a design into something that we all agreed on and I’m excited to make. Since I am planning to get this new quilt made and shipped this month, I thought it would be interesting to share the design evolution of the new quilt with you today.
The parents sent me a photograph of the room to help set the basis for inspiration for the quilt. We were all keenly drawn to the dark black furniture and abundance of green and plants in the room. I also noted the light wood natural accents, and tucked that away for consideration.
As I mentioned earlier, I went looking back at design sketches from May 2023, and I quickly honed in on the design shown above. Beyond recoloring the design to match the room coloration, I knew I was going to need to re-work the idea a bit because I really wanted to make a quilt that was the same size as the Transparent Building Blocks quilt I made for them originally (54″ x 54″).
It did not take me long to recolor the design using the color palette from the room photograph. I really like the black as a background and thought that bringing in the light natural wood color (Kona Putty) helped created nice contrast between the background and the plant inspired greens. I rearranged the design a bit to make the quilt square. Using the originally designed block sizes, the quilt was a bit larger than I wanted, though.
Decreasing the blocks by 1″, I was then able to add borders to bring the quilt up to the desired 54″ square size. You might notice that I also refined the palette of greens I chose for the quilt, too. I have a draft of the quilt pattern written (2 quilt sizes in two colorways plus 2 bonus quilt options for each size as well), and I plan to use the bonus HSTs that will be made during the piecing to create a pieced backing.
I have my fabric order of Kona Cotton in Black, Putty, Dill, Laurel, Spring, and Mint and I guess it’s time to get to work on bringing this design to life!