Here is the quilt that I made for my son before he was born. I actually finished it the day before he was born. I think I knew he would wait to come into the world until his quilt was done!
The original pattern for this was actually meant to be a miniature quilt. From the time I purchased the book it is in, I planned that someday I would make it for my first child. Another reason this was a good choice was because we chose to wait to find out the baby's gender, so I thought this quilt would work for either a boy or a girl.
I took the letter patterns and enlarged them to the size I wanted on my copier. Each block is about 5 1/2" square. The entire quilt measures 38" x 45". In the original quilt, the letters are fused onto the fabric squares and then a blanket stitch is done around them to finish them off. I chose to use hand applique for my letters and fore-go the blanket stitch.
A lot of planning went into the color/pattern selection for this quilt. I had to carefully plan the color placement, so that I didn't end up with three blue letters right next to each other or two similar background colors next to each other.
I used 60 different fabrics in the center portion of this quilt -- 30 for the letters and hearts and 30 more for the background squares. The borders are repeat fabrics. I should also add that I did NOT purchase any of these fabrics specifically for this quilt. They were all fabrics that I already had in my stash. I made a point of making this quilt without purchasing anything except the backing and binding fabrics and the batting.
Here's the bottom half....and there's James behind his quilt!
I love these ladybugs and daisies -- one of my favorite fabrics! I quilted this connecting hearts design in the borders of the quilt. It was a stencil that I bought.
Here is how the back looks. I quilted around each letter and square, as well as the heart border.
Believe it or not, this is the same quilt as the last pic, I don't know why the previous one looks so green. The actual color is closer to what this looks like here.
|The Letter "R" in Reverse|
And, of course, the label. He sleeps with this quilt every night!