Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"bricks" baby quilt

I have a lot of friends & family having babies in the near future!  My sister-in-law, Leah, is due with a baby girl at the beginning of December.  She asked me to make a quilt for her baby, which was a no-brainer since I was already planning on it!  She said to shoot for a pink / aqua color scheme & I had another jelly roll of Hello Luscious by Basic Grey, so I made 2 quilts out of that fabric line back to back.  I worried I might get sick of the fabrics, but I definitely did not!  It's too bad I don't have a 3rd jelly roll of it to make a quilt for me!  (haha) 

I decided to go with a "brick" layout for this version.  I thought the larger pieces of fabric would really show off this line.  Again, this was such a easy and fun quilt to make.  And again, the "hardest" part was just making sure the fabrics were dispersed evenly.    

I had seen a number of quilts on Pinterest and Instagram with the "brick" pattern and they were all straight line quilted.  So I decided to try it on this quilt.  I thought the straight lines would really accentuate the brick pattern.  I think it turned out fairly good for only my 3rd time quilting anything!

The quilt measured 54" x 56" before washing and shrunk to 50" x 52" after washing & drying.  In hindsight, I wish I had made this quilt a little less wide and a little bit longer because I don't particularly care for square quilts.  I'm not sure how I miscalculated the size of the quilt because I had thought it would come out closer to 48" x 56".  Oh well. 

For the backing fabric, I had this beige fabric in my stash and I thought it complemented the cream and beige colors in the quilt top.  It wasn't quite enough fabric though, so I pulled 3 fat quarters from my stash and pieced them together, along with the beige fabric, to make the back.  I like that it is a pieced back without being too fussy / busy.  

For the binding, I used the beige fabric left over from the backing.  I wanted something neutral and calm and I really like it.  I forgot to get a decent picture of the binding.  I ended up being just about 3 inches short on the binding, so I pieced in a little scrap of pink fabric.  You barely notice it from the front of the quilt.  From the back, it is kind of a fun, unexpected pop of color.  I really like it. 

Quilt Stats:

          Quilt top - Hello Luscious by Basic Grey
          Backing & binding - beige solid (Moda) and 3 miscellaneous fat quarters pulled from stash
Pattern: brick pattern
Dimensions: 50" x 52"
Started: August 7th, 2014
Finished: September 4th, 2014
Quilted by: myself! 
Made for: Leah's baby girl, Sophia

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NTT @ My Quilt Infatuation
TGIFF @ Quilt Matters 
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Link a Finish Friday @ Richard & Tanya Quilts