There's not always a baby in my life that needs a quilt. Sometimes, though, I've just got to make a baby quilt anyway.
They're just so appealing. It's a great quick and easy way to try out an idea without a lot of time or fabric commitment. Plus, I knew I wanted to hand-quilt this one and as the days get longer and hotter the idea of wrestling with and sweating under a huge quilt gets less and less appealing.
It started as so many new quilting projects do- I fell in love with something on the internet. In this case, an Instagram picture by Sunnyincal. A little online encouragement and suddenly I was digging into my scraps. Two weeks later, I've got a completely finished baby quilt. I could have had it done in under a week if I hadn't been so set on hand quilting.
Totally and completely worth the extra week. I'm getting pretty good at this whole big stitch hand quilting thing, if I do say so myself.
As I was pulling out scraps for this quilt, I noticed that I have a whole heck of a lot of "nature" sort of fabrics- birds, bugs, flowers, leaves, trees, farm animals. So, I went with it and threw in every sort of outdoorsy fabric I could had and and named it the Great Outdoors Quilt. Dang it, now I'm in the mood to watch John Candy movies.
It finished at 42" squares- plenty big but hopefully not overwhelming for a baby. Almost big enough to wrap around my cold, grumpy quilt holder.
I backed it with a nice soft grey leaf print and bound it with a navy blue polka-dot. Navy blue is my color of the moment. I kind of want to add it to everything.
Like I said, I didn't make this one with any specific purpose other than to make it. If you know a baby that could use a quilt, feel free to make me an offer. Otherwise, I'm probably going to try selling it on Etsy. Same goes for my pixelated heart baby quilt.