I’ve raided my stash for some vibrant prints, and found the makings of two very different baby/kid quilts. This one I started with a few charm squares from Connecting Threads that featured a cute little print of bunnies, racooons, trees, and mushrooms and coordinating solids/tiny prints. I sewed them into stacks of “coins” and then selected an eye-burningly bright green to surround them. My daughters really liked it and I told them they could use it as a little lap quilt in our living room.
My older daughter’s holding it up in these photos (excuse the wrinkles) and my younger one wanted her picture taken right in front of it. Believe it or not, the green she’s wearing is an even more neon shade! (Reminds me of a sweatshirt I had back in the eighties that could stop traffic, color-wise.)
My other project was a baby quilt for our cousins, who are expecting a little boy in a few weeks. I decided on a more sedate look with the same coordinating fabrics, but focusing on the larger squares of small animal prints. My daughter Beth thought that these blocks looked a bit like interconnecting test tubes in a science lab. I got the idea for this simple block, turned two different ways, from a baby quilting book by Ursula Reikes.
I think it’s neat to see how much difference a few color tweaks can make using the same family of fabrics, don’t you?
One more note: this quilt was professionally quilted by Julia Curry of Menlo Park, CA. She made loopy circles to mimic the polka dots in the green fabric (using green thread). She does fantastic work. When I see how beautifully long-arm quilters finish a job like this, it makes me realize how minimalist a job I do with my own machine quilting! But then, her machine takes up a whole garage, and mine sits securely on a small desk…