Earlier this summer, my nephew and his wife welcomed a new baby boy. As I was planning his quilt, I was inspired by this quilt, a stunning granny square quilt, by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. I am still trying to work only from my existing stash, and thought that some "around the world" quilt blocks might work to get the same type of vibe. Several years ago, I had made a scrappy quilt using this block, and decided try the block again, with a more traditional layout. I decided on a red, black and yellow color scheme with white - I love the black Alexander Henry fabric, and had never had a project to use it in.
I went with 6 strips (each 2 1/2 inches wide)
|Oops - had to redo this one !|
The finished blocks had the black as the center row.
I had to decide on a layout. I tried it with a red center (with Chester's assistance)
I decided to go with the white center.
|I caught the error on the bottom right corner before it was too late! That was the redo, above!|
I had considered many quilting options, but, used the backing as inspiration, and went with a double bubble overall pattern. I used Aurifil white, and am getting more accustomed to my Tiara II.
|Chester is very helpful in the quilting process|
Here is the backing fabric, with a close up of the quilting pattern.
I had started the quilt before the baby arrived, and before our trip to Scotland (see my previous post about that wonderful adventure!). Once I returned, Levi was here! I decided to personalize the white center block. I printed out samples of the name with various fonts, and settled on one.
I cut out the letters, and carefully traced with a mark-be-gone pen. (which disappeared beautifully!)
|Thank goodness he has a four letter name!|
I then sewed around the letters, and tried to do a dense quilting to allow the name to pop out.
I used a bright yellow batik from my stash for the binding.
|The quilt finished at a generous 48 by 48 inches.|
A close up of the finished center block. Subtle.
|The wind was quite strong on Lake Erie for the quilt wrangler!|
Enjoy the rest of the summer.