Sunday, June 8, 2014

Go Baby Go! quilt

Patchwork brightens up my space. You can see my daughters final design peeking out from underneath.
More baby sewing! In addition to burp rags, we planned a baby blanket. At first, we envisioned a smaller crib size. We shopped for fabric, tossed ideas around, then my daughter started playing with ideas on paper. We are old school and sit down with graph paper, colored pencils, crayons or markers. I'm sure the various computer programs are fabulous. However we would break the bank on ink and destroy a forest printing our ideas. We like to spread the various drawings across the table and discuss pro's and cons. The papers get passed back and forth, more drawings are created, notes made. Its a fun creative process.

All aboard!!
We found the cutest M'Liss Rae Hawley fabric at Hancocks in Oklahoma City. Its part of the Land Sea and Air group. The baby's grandpa is into trucks, motorcycles, etc so this will play into the family connection. The baby's mommy is an animal lover, so M'Liss inclusion of dogs and cats just seemed to fit so well.

The driver is wearing a mask? Helmet? 

The design is definitely leaning in a boyish direction without being too babyish.

Puppy police looks so friendly :) 
We are really loving the brightness.

I imagine the world to be so much kinder with pets in control :)

The wheels on the bus go round and round.

This blanket grew as my daughter drew. We bought a panel with 5 different transportation themed strips. It was logical to stitch a strip quilt with the addition of a million 4 patch blocks to make it pretty huge. OK not a million but a few.

She stuck with primary colors to keep things super bright and cheery. I never have a whole day to sew but it has only taken a few hours here and there to get the entire top pieced.

Up close, it is so busy my eyes cross. Back up a few feet and the strips become obvious. How do quilts play with our eyes?

There are certainly plenty of colors and shapes to keep a baby entertained for hours :)


  1. I love having the 4 patches divide up the strips.

    1. Thank you! It's a happy quilt :)