Need a little colour therapy on this November day? Grab a pot of coffee and let me show you this happy quilt I just finished!
I’ve talked about the challenge to make quilts for boys on here before. Whereas I’m not an advocate for gendered toys, clothes or stereotypes in general, I definitely feel like there are a lot of fabric lines that appear rather feminine. I personally feel drawn to bolder coloured lines in general, so I’m not even talking about shades of pinks, but rather motifs which seem to include a lot of florals and whimsical designs lately. This isn’t that obvious until you’re actively trying to avoid them for a project.
So when I think up a baby boy quilt I work around a colour palette instead of a line or a designer. My initial idea for this quilt was a navy night sky lit with bright yellow stars; a plan I didn’t stick to as the design evolved (read more about the process here).
The quilt does involve the yellows and the dark blues as well as a collection of mint and orange to red coloured squares. I really like that it feels like a modern Twist on the four Primary colours, without being completely predictable.
But stars are no more! In an unexptected twist rays of starlight interwove into a golden net spun across the surface of the quilt. Magic!
GOLDEN NET BABY QUILT
finished size: 40×40″
pattern: my own, dubbed ‘Golden Net’
quilting design: straight lines, including crosshedge
fabric used: scrappy! includes Heather Givans, Lizzy House, Cotton + Steel, Katy Jones, Elizabeth Hartmann, Karen Lewis…
backing fabric: Backyard Roses by Nadra Ridgeway
binding: blank selvage fabric
Entrance Lupa! (You didn’t see that one coming, eh? ;-) ) Last weekend graced us with a day sans rain and word’s out the sun even made a short appearance. So I grabbed my crew to go out and take these photos. I hadn’t washed the quilt at that point, so I wasn’t too worried about it getting a little dirty. Let it be said though, I’m now reminded why I don’t usually set my designs on white background.
Okay, wherever you are, I hope weather’s actually nice there. If it is, let me now, so I can plan my move to your place. Until then I’ll sunbathe under my sewing light, stay quilty!
This post is linked up with Modern Patch Monday at Modern Cologne Quilters and Handmade Monday at Sum of their Stories
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What a gorgeous baby quilt! I love the colours, quilting and everything about this one!
Thank you so much, Deb!
eine tolle Kulisse hast Du Dir da ausgesucht.
Vielleicht sammelst Du in Deinem Stash aber auch unterbewusst eher feminine Stoffe und die anderen sprechen Dich gar nicht an? Nicht dass ich das beurteilen könnte, meine Stoffe sind fast alle feminin.
Hallo Mareike, so rum hab ich darüber noch gar nicht nachgedacht. Es gibt schon echt schöne Blumenmuster, zum Beispiel die Rifle Paper Co. Kollektion, aber ich versuch mich da immer zurück zu halten, weil ich für so viele Blumenstoffe letztendlich gar keine Verwendung habe. Sie sind ja auch oft bunt und dann schwerer zu kombinieren.
Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?
Such a beautiful quilt, the colours are perfect for a boy or girl
Caroline, thank you so much! I prefer Baby quilts to be colourful and bright and that really works for any gender =)
I’ve always loved this block and your’s are truly sunshine or star shine;)
Hehe Katie. Is there a Name for this block? I only ended up with it after tweeking the initial plus/star idea.
Gorgeous, don’t you just love an unexpected pattern surprise! I love your photoshoot location too – amazing.
Julie, thank you so much. The sculptures make great backdrops, there are several of them located in front of the Media and Modern Art Museum in town.
what a beautiful quilt, the fabrics are beautiful:) #handmademonday
Vicky, thank you so much. I used some of my current favourite fabrics for this Project. Since it only uses small scraps from each fabric I didn’t have to give up too much of them though ;-)
Such a fabulous quilt. Love the quilting pattern too.
Thank you Nicole! I enjoyed documenting the proccess here and on Instagram, I usually forget to take the time, but the input is so precious, I will try to be better about showing WIPs =)
Thank you Patty!
Wo warst Du denn fotografieren? Das Bild vor der rostigen Skulptur ist hammermässig!
Hallo Katrin, die Skulptur (und noch mehrere solche) stehen vor dem ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien) in Karlsruhe. Vielleicht eine (Foto-)Reise wert? ;-)
This is a beautiful quilt and a really fun design! I love how the blue fades into the white on the edges of each dark blue portion, and your color choices are on point. Lovely finish!
Kitty, thank you so much! I like the clipped corners part a lot myself. It makes the whole design a lot softer, ‘colour fading’ describes it so well =)
What a great quilt! As the mom of two boys, I can relate very much to the dilemma you described. LOVE the colors you chose for this wonderful finish!
Yay, I’m so happy you said that and I’m not totally imagining it =) Thank you for your nice words, Janice!
Your fabrics are yummy and the combination this pattern is perfect. I really like the quilt pattern. Blue, orange and yellow are great colors for a boy or a girl.
Kathi, thank you so much! One can never go wrong, with bright, cheerful fabrics for a Baby quilt! =)
As the mother of all boys (though they are adults now), I understand your struggle. You’ve definitely found a perfect solution, however, and the pattern is fabulous. Great finish!
Thank you so much for comfirming my observations, Mary! =)
I love it! your right a more boyish quilt is hard to find fabrics in a feel you are satisfied with. I love the color selection…and your corners on your binding are beautiful……please come to Florida and do mine! …we are a dog friendly house LOL :)
Fantastic work! I agree that it is a lovely modern twist on the primary colours. Looks great.
Phenomenal photos of a great quilt – again!
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