I recently posted the most dope baby boy quilt have ever made. In the year of baby boy quilts (5 and counting), the latest one I made has supplanted the previous one in dopeness…
I just absolutely love how it turned out. This quilt is for very special friends, so I used my favorite fabric.. v and co ombre (in navy, lime, mint, gray, yellow, turquoise) and tim holtz dictionary fabric. I am down to about 7 yards of that and am getting more than a little panicky.
I quilted the top and batting together and the tied the backing to the top and batting using Aurifil floss (I am such a name dropper !). Tying takes so much more time than binding, but I love the effect so much more. I think the quilts look crisper, drapes better, and seems a bit more modern. This is probably all just in my imagination, but I like it better – you can’t stop me.
I finished this the night before it was mailed. So my pictures aren’t the best. But I know I’ll eventually get a gorgeous picture with a gorgeous baby on this quilt (hint, hint).
The quilt is a modification of a pattern that is free from purl soho. I am addicted to purl soho. More on that later. If you make piece with the number of 1/2-square triangles you have to make, this pattern is a dream. And I let go and let the blocks come together “organically”. That was difficult for me, but the results speak for themselves, I believe. If I were to write the pattern…
- Get some awesome prints and a ton of v and co ombre
- Cut a bunch of squares the same size – I cut 200.*
- Use the squares to make 1/2-square triangle blocks s until your eyes bleed. Or until you have a 2:1 ratio of 1/2 square triangle blocks to squares.
- Sew into a 10×12 grid.
* The pattern describes how to make 1/2-square triangles using 2 squares to yield 2 blocks. I use 2 squares to yield one block because I think it is the only way for me to get my blocks square without spending my life squaring blocks. BUT I do follow this one tip from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt. This method takes a bit more time, but I think is worth it. Now all I need is a machine that irons open the seams on 1/2-square triangles without needing me. I’ll ask for that with my fourth wish.
I sew another seam 1/2 inch from the diagonal seam so I get a little baby block that I can use in a later project. Because we all know I am not going to use all of those triangle scraps, no matter how much I try to convince myself.
I started sewing some of the extra blocks together – pictured above. To the left of the cat… yes, I know the cat is cute, but there is some sewing in the picture too…yes, to the left of the cat.
For the backing, I got some more zoology. I have spent a lot of hours looking for cute backings for baby boy quilts, and all that searching brought me back to zoology. I had enough left over from projects to make a tote bag to donate to a local children’s hospital. Next to it is another safari-type print from a quilt I made several years ago. So adorable!
I loved the finished project of this quilt, and so I embark on making one for myself. I have cut, cut, cut. Now I am working on the 1/2-square triangles.
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I love the colours, they really complement each other.
Thank you so much !! These colors are outside of my comfort zone, but they worked well.
So lucky to receive the dopest baby quilt! And yes! Lots of pics with a super cute baby to come!
The dopest quilt for the dopest moms. 🙂
Are those 5 inch blocks you cut? The quilt is beautiful. Definitely use the baby triangles.
Thank you, Linda ! The blocks are 3″ finished in the baby quilt. And yes, the baby blocks definitely will be used. 🙂