I haven't blogged a quilt in a long, LONG time.
Something about having baby #3 and attempting to 'manage it all' (including the school/sports/social schedules of my 5 and 8 year-old's in addition to 'newborn life')... ;) BUT - I get so much inspo from pinterest and online searches (and instagram!!!) - that I think it's just good karma to put a little inspo back out there. Full circle right?! So here we go...
My "Scrappy Seaside Quilt".
This one was a baby shower gift for my sister Kimmie's baby boy on-the-way, and designed around the color scheme she's using for his nursery. Lots of "seaside" inspired prints to match up with the feel of the nursery (and Kimmie & Jer's sailing adventures!) as well. It's a full-on copycat quilt of one that I did for Nash before he was born and never fully shared (you can see bits of it in this monthly post here).
I love her mint & grey color scheme with a splash of navy.
Mr Bandit (the BlaBla doll peeking out above) was the perfect cute little (MATCHING!) addition to package up with the quilt.
The circular "bubbles" quilting pattern was done by a long-arm quilter (crinkle love). So basically I made the quilt top - made the backing - boxed it up with the batting of my choice (warm n white) - and sent it off to be machine quilted with my chosen pattern. It's then shipped back to me - I trim it up - and add the binding myself.
I love using long-arm quilting services for extra special quilts, or anytime I want a different finished look in the quilted pattern. The bubbles pattern works SO well with this scrappy pieced together look and the bigger fabric panels.
***PATTERN: There 100% is no real pattern here - that's where the "scrappy" fun comes in. I just started by selecting a stack of fabrics, fat quarters, and larger scraps, and ROUGHLY cutting 9 inch long by 3.5 inch wide pieces. And by ROUGHLY i mean ROUGHLY. I like to make some more 3.25 inches wide, some 3.75 inches, etc. EVERYTHING is 9 inches long though. And I start by only cutting 3-4 pieces of each print.
After cutting a stack of fabric - move on to laying out the patterned pieces. Six rows, 8 prints per row, offset so no print is placed directly underneath another. Kinda like a wonky checkerboard.
Then comes the work of interspersing white cotton spacer panels. I use kona white cotton. Simple. You could definitely mix it up with a colored solid, or a few solid colors. I cut a variety of white panels - all 9 inches in length, widths varying from 2 to 2.5 inches wide. As you lay out the white pieces, you'll see where you need the wider vs skinnier to keep your printed panels floating in that wonky checkerboard look. And make adjustments as needed as you sew each row out!
Backing was pieced together with the cutest Dear Stella 'Wee Gallery' sea animal print and coordinating polka dot and print chunks.
Binding is a striped print from Cloud 9.
I can't wait to see the finished nursery and my sweet new nephew (with the quilt!). There's something about the excitement behind a first baby that can't be matched...