This is me catching up with the projects I finished during my recent blog hiatus – hey!
Our friends seem to keep on having babies, so I’m staying busy sewing up a baby quilt every couple of months. I don’t mean to complain, making something beautiful with a new person in mind is a pretty fulfilling pastime. And I love the size of baby quilts – they are such a quick finish and I can try out designs that I don’t dare to take to the bed-sized format quite yet.
I made the Hebe quilt in February for my boyfriend’s cousin’s baby (are you still with me?) born at the end of last year. Fashionably late, but it was still much appreciated as the baby was about to get a little more mobile around that time, so the quilt could be used as a play mat.
I went pretty much all out with colour on this one. I had the idea of making a rainbow quilt with a minimal/modern feel to it. So I really cut down on the layout – consisting of 16 squares cut from 16 individual fabrics each missing a corner that was replaced by the mustard background fabric. Not to waste any fabric I included an assembled strip of the ‘missing’ corners into the border of the quilt.
Just like I like my quilts, the finished thing turned out extra texture-y thanks to a rather dense crosshatch quilting. When it came out of the wash really crinkly I might have squealed a little.
The baby’s name isn’t Hebe as one might assume, but this fair lady’s is:
As I was out and about photographing the quilt with my quilt-photographer in crime, we passed this elderly couple stopping in front of a statue at our local park. He mentioned to her, that the woman pictured was the goddess Hebe, daughter of Zeus and Hera. As they walked on we threw the quilt over Hebe’s arm and a namesake was born.
Do you have a story about naming a quilt?
Please share, I would love to hear about it!
This post is linked up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Scraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt, Fabric Frenzy Friday at Forth Worth Fabric Studio, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story and Modern Patch Day at Modern Cologne Quilter.
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I really love the colors, design and that quilting…gorgeous! The photo with the statue holding the quilt is hilarious and amazing!
Jayne, thank you so much! This was my first time using so much negative space, and it made me fully grasp the impact of the quilting.
Love your model. Quilt gorgeous.
Haha, to be fair she got in on short notice – she could have used a face wash ;-)
I absolutely LOVE this quilt! Such a bold choice to use gold as your background color. I love the unusual color combos… they really pop! I’m sure your friend will be over the moon excited about this sweet baby quilt.
Thank you so much Allison, means so much coming from the queen of colour (yes you are!). I love my baby quilts contrast-y and bold to give the baby something bright to look at.
Lucky baby that receives this wonderful quilt! Great color choice, super quilting,
Thank you so much Barbora =)
This is fantastic! I am crushing hard on that mustard background, It really makes the colors and prints you used stand out. Also, great work with the quilting. It adds yummy texture to all that negative space without taking away from those gorgeous pops of color!
Sarah, thank you so much. I think since the layout is so toned down, I was able to pull off such a bright background. I love this colour so much, it always finds its way into my quilts, but usually in a lower quantity ;-)
Beautiful! I don’t usually like mustard yellow but it works so well here. I love the clipped corners that reappear over on the side — so neat.
Thank you so much for your lovely comment
The fabric choices are great in this, and I really love that stripe of HSTs from the corner trims, it’s a lovely accent. :) Hebe looks quite chuffed with her quilt! I like to name my quilts too, usually something that I think of while making them. I get a bit huffy if a quilt doesn’t tell me its name, heh. :)
I’m that way, too. The name usually falls into place, and when it doesn’t I really have a hard time thinking something up (the pressure ;-) ) Thank you so much for your comment, Heulwen!
Great quilt! I had never heard of Hebe, much less seen a statue of her! Tsk, my mythology knowledge is abysmal. I’m inspired now to look for statues to toss my quilts onto for photos, though :)
I wouldn’t have recognized Hebe either, I actually have to thank that knowledable stranger for the prompt ;-) Thank you for your comment, Louise =)
I thought you had named it after the plant! Didn’t realise she was a goddess too. Love the colours and the addition of those scrappy corners! A real no waste quilt. Thank you for linking up to #scraptastictuesday!
I didn’t know of a plant named Hebe, haha! I love your link up, thanks for visiting over =)
Lovely design! And your quilt naming story is just great. I am always struggeling with quilt names. The resulting pictures are really great as well!
Thank you Mell, I’m happy with how the pictures turned out, too. It’s constant challenge to find the right spot in the right lightning and then pushing the right bottoms ;-)
Hebe (the quilt) is beautiful. That gold background is striking, especially with the large, bold squares with the corners touched by gold. You didn’t say what size the quilt is and I’m wondering. Also, what size are the large squares in the center? And what batting did you use? I love the texture. What a treasure for a baby and his/her parents!
Hey Nancy, sorry for only now getting back to you. I always forget to write down the exact sizes of my quilts and I never remember them either ;-) I think this ended up being roughly 39” x 43”. And I *think* I cut those center squares 5” – this is why I never come around to write patterns, I don’t document, haha. But I do know that I used Warm & Natural batting, so that’s something ;-)
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! xx Vicky
What a fantastic quilt!! The colors are so vibrant and I absolutely love the dense quilting! Definitely a fun way to name a quilt :)
Thank you so much Preeti =)
Beautiful colors, love the whole design. Especially love the mustard color for the background!
Kathee, thank you for your lovely words. I’m kinda happy about my background choice, too.
So beautiful. Love the design.
Thank you, Steph ♥
Love your quilt, the fabric choices are so different, and work so well! Great quilting as well, and the little triangles really add to it. Great finish!!!
Thank you so much Judy!
I love your quilt ! Really beautiful colours, design and quilting.
Sophie, thank you so much for your lovely comment.
Das könnte mein neues Lieblingsstück sein. So ein toller Quilt. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dem Finish und ich hoffe die Empfänger werden sich gebührend freuen.
This is a great quilt! Love your original design, especially the back and the little triangles from your left over snowball squares. The quilting is awesome!
Thank you Linda. The fabric I used for backing had been living in my stash for a while, seeminly waiting for it’s perfect opportunity to fit =)