One of the most humbling things to experience as a maker is someone loving your work so much, they request a piece of it to go into their home.
A lovely friend of mine asked me to sew a baby quilt for the nursery she was just setting up for her baby boy Charlie, expected to arrive in July/August. She was decorating the room in greys and a soft pastel green, which turns out to be such a calm, serene colour combination.
After sending design ideas back and forth we settled on a grey-to-green ombré layout, set in half square triangles. I had to shop around for some bridging fabrics, meaning prints with both grey and green in it. This turned out to be an extremely rare combination! Luckily Heather Givans put some in her Succulent line, which I love a lot.
To be honest, I wouldn’t have picked grey and green for a quilt, had it been up to me. The more suprised I am that I actually very much appreciate the different shades together. I think it’s a warm, fuzzy scheme and a very understated one, much like Charlie’s room.
pattern: my own | finished size: 36 x 44” | batting: warm & white | quilting: straight lines 3/4” grid | backing: Kona Cotton Green Tea
The design brainstorm and tossing of ideas also reminded we why we need community and interaction, even in a seemingly solitary craft like quilting. Without input we’d get stuck in our ways and make the same stuff over and over again. How boring that would be!
This post is linked to Sew Cute Tuesday at Young Texan Mama, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFF this week at The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilt, Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters
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Totally love the quilt! And great photos again, too.
Thank you Melanie! I took these on a new playground a block away, and they integrated some awesome photo surfaces there. Priorities!
Ich finde die Farbkombination hervorragend. Vor allem, da es gedeckte Farben sind. Ein schöner, solider Quilt ist das geworden.
Ja das stimmt Mareike. Ich tendiere immer zu ‘lauteren’ Farbkombos. Ohne Anleitung wäre ich deshalb bestimmt nie zu so einem besonnenen Resultat gelangt. Eine sehr spannende Erfahrung für mich =)
Like the colour progression! Unusual but very effective.
Nicole thank you! I feel like this is so much more subtle than most of my work, so I like your description a lot!
Thank you Deb ♥
Really nice quilts for baby boys are not always easy to come by… trust me I know with my two little guys. Even though the design is very simple, it packs a powerful punch… I love the color combo on this one!
I completely agree, Allison. And when I make a quilt it usually includes either hot pink or some kind of flower print variation, which is a shame, because there are a million possibilities when it comes to fabrics. I plan to make another baby boy quilt this month. Let’s see what else I can come up with!
Super stunning! Lovely job xxAli
Thank you so much, Ali!
Gray and green look great together…grey is a very versatile colour. It looks great with lots of other colours. Lovely baby quilt!
I love gray and I’ve been mixing it with different colours, though usually brighter and bolder ones, that rather outshine it. Here it feels different since the humble green blends in with the gray so much. Thank you for taking the time to comment =)
Perfection! While we may not ever pick a color combination ourself, it’s fun to see it come together and especially fun to see that the combination isn’t bad at all! Your pictures are gorgeous too!
Yes, that’s so true Jayne! Thank you so much =)
Gorgeous! It is a perfect baby boy quilt!
Thank you so much Susie!
This is lovely! What a fun finish, and beautiful photos! Your friend chose well: colors, design and crafter :)
Aw Sarah, thank you! She definitely did well ;-)
Such a lovely baby quilt! Love the great transition from gray to green. TFS!
Heide, thank you for your lovely comment!
This is beautiful!
Thank you so much!!
Love the greens to grey color scheme! They work lovely together!
Dawn, thank you! They work surprisingly well, don’t they?
STUNNING! THANKS FOR SHARING.
Thank you Camilla!
Great job ! Unusual palette but that works very well.
Thank you, Sophie!
I really like the fabrics you choose for this project, they are working together wery well.
Thank you Emese. I’m still amazed that it worked out that way
Such lovely colors! I always have a hard time designing knock-out quilts for boys, but you really hit this one out of the park!
Thank you so much Jen. I too, struggle with boy quilts. I have another one due but no real plan yet.
Yeah, I wouldn’t of thought grey and green would work either, but that’s pretty cool!
I’m still in awe that it worked out so well with these colour restrictions. Nam, thank you so much for stopping by!
I simply love everything about this little quilt. I need to add more greens to my quilting fabric palette. Thanks for sharing with us on TGIFF.
Aww, Shelley thank you! I recently stocked up on greens on coincidence, but now I feel challenged to work them into my go to palettes. Thank you for hosting TGIFF this week! =)
I totally stumbled upon this blog/site. It was listed as the top one on my wordpress main page when I log in.
As someone that writes a theology/volunteering blog it is kind of outside my realm but wow are these ever some beautiful pieces of work!
Really enjoyed seeing your work and browsing through your site/blog. Also seems you have a great community here!
Hope your featured more!
– The Smiling Pilgrim
Thank you for your lovely and thoughtful comment. I write this blog to not only share my own projects but also to showcase that quilting can be so much more than your grandmother’s pasttime hobby. I’m so happy you stopped by!
This quilt is gorgeous!!
Thank you Ariane =)
Hi Vicki, what true words you write! The quilt looks very elegant and it is great to snoop outside ones comfort zone. Please add the Modern patch Monday link to your links as I am missing it at the moment.
Hey Iris, will add it in an instant. I linked up on my phone in bed this morning, so I didn’t have a chance to add it then and there. Thank you for your lovely comment!
On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 10:36 AM, veni vidi vicky wrote:
Thank you so much for stopping by my site and leaving this lovely comment.
This color combination is spot on. The quilt is gorgeous–an excellent example of how colors work together to form an overall relationship. Looking forward to seeing more.
Hey Roberta, thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful comment. I totally agree, colour placement has such a huge impact on the overall perceipton!
Such lovely work. Congrats!
Cynthia, thank you so much for your lovely comment.
I love the design and color scheme!! So lovely!
Thank you =)
It looks amazing. Love the colors as well although I would never think of gray and green. Good design
Thank you Alina. I’m glad my friend requested it, I would never have put those two together either.
Acuh wenn ich für Grün im Regelfall selten eine Verwendung habe, so bin ich einfach nur hingerissen, wie du die Farben kombiniert hast und das Grau das Grün nicht zu bunt und laut werden lässt. Toll!
Danke für deinen so lieben Kommentar bei mir, ich habe mich sehr über deine Worte gefreut.
Liebe Judith, danke auch für deinen netten Kommentar. Grau und Grün hat hier viele überrascht inklusive mir!
Such a gorgeous quilt!!! I love ombre effect in such a soothing color palette. Beautiful work!!
Thank you lovely lady, that means a lot!
Love this quilt. The grey and green fabrics you chose, go together perfectly.
Noela, thank you. it was really the Team effort that got us to the final Palette =)
So cute!! I would love to be able to make such cute quilts!
Aw Daisy, thank you. I haven’t been quilting for that long, it is a lot less intinidating than it appears. If you want to try, I can only encourage you to do so. Youtube and quilt blogs are great resources to start.
This is a beautiful quilt… So serene. The color combination is incredible. I started quilting in 2015 and I’m hooked!
Marlene, thank you. Quilting is so addictive, but in a good way =)
You’re so right! I never would have! combined these colors – but they are so beautiful! Great job! I love the play of shapes between your piecing and quilting – triangles and squares! Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing!
Patricia, thank you so much for your lovely quilt! I guess the grid quilting is really effective since the Patchwork pattern is repetitive, too. I use These simple straight lines a lot and they rarely disappoint.
What a lovely quilt. It could so easily be done in a variety of color schemes. Love those last two pics featuring the quilting!
Thank you Sarah! Before we settled on gray and green I had pulled a spectrum ranging from navy to gray which would have looked great, too in this pattern, but it didn’t work to well for her room =)
So beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Sew Cute Tuesday!
Thank you so much Hilary. And huge congratulations on the birth of your adorable sun. Your announcement made for the cutest sew cute tuesday =) Hope you and little man are doing fine.
Simply splendid color choice! So sophisticated for a baby. Children need the handmade, the unexpected — it opens their minds to possibility. This quilt does just that!
Julia, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I love what you said about baby quilts. I too think they make a great personal gift that can be cherished for years and years.
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That’s beautiful! I too love the colors🙂 You are quite talented.
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