I made this quilt for a friend who recently welcomed her third son to her beautiful family. Being the third boy, I know there's plenty of hand-me-downs to share, but certainly little baby Ridge (cool name, right?) could use a quilt that belongs only to him.
I wish I could say that this is an original idea--it's not. I found this quilt on katie did and just knew I had to make one. I love the idea of whole cloth quilts. It's economical, fun to customize, time-friendly for moms of babies, and great practice for new quilters like me. If you're new to quilting (like me) this is an excellent place to start.
The colors of nature provided the perfect palate for this cozy blanket. Robin's egg blue, leafy green, and tree-bark brown worked together well for a masculine yet still baby-ish quilt.
The front of the quilt has a small square of Joel Dewberry faux bois fabric with the new baby's name embroidered into it. The quilt was begging for just a bit of personalization; after all, it is rather plain otherwise.
The intersecting and imperfect lines of this quilt proved to be a great way to practice my quilting skills and a super-fun way to get aquainted with my new walking foot. In case you were wondering, I fell head-over-heels-in-love with my walking foot. It makes this teeny tiny clicking sound that's just so comforting as it marches along the fabric with ease and confidence. Didn't know a sewing machine foot could have so much character, did you?
I haven't shared it yet, but this baby quilt is actually my second quilt. Earlier this year, I completed a MASSIVE undertaking by making a queen-sized quilt for Elliott's bedroom as my first.ever.quilt. It's a chevron design made of half square triangles and I even learned the sacred art of free-motion-quilting (and consequently fell in love). If you're thinking "boy, she's crazy for making a queen-sized quilt as her first", I wholeheartedly agree with you. It was crazy, but sometimes diving in head-first is the way to go. Maybe soon I'll share that finished quilt that has become so near and dear to my heart.