Thursday, June 2, 2011

Baby Boy Blanket

I love to create different things but simple is key for me. Quilting has been something I have done in the past, but nothing to complex. When I was pregnant with Kora I made her a simple quilt with 3.5 x 3.5 inch fabric squares in 9 different materials. It was super easy and turned out really cute. I, of course, need to keep that tradition alive with this second child (due in 4 weeks, yikes!). Here are a few pictures of the start of the process and then the finished project. I really love the colors and how it turned out!

My weapon of choice. If you don't have one of these rolling cutters that Friskars makes then you are missing out. Seriously, I would not be able to cute all these squares so quickly without it.

I use my rolling cutter in conjunction with my clear block ruler (above). LOVE. IT. In fact, about 2 months ago I was working on a different project and could not find this ruler anywhere....I pouted about
it for about an hour before I finally used a different straight edge to get the job done. The next day I was in our laundry room (where I had literally checked 10 times for my ruler the day before) and guess what I found? Yup. My ruler. I was beyond happy....better late than never.

I cut 20 3.5 x 3.5 inch squares of each of the 9 different fabrics that I had chosen. This will give you an 1/4 inch seam allowance with a finished 3 x 3 inch square showing on the front of the quilt. 

Here was the layout that I decided I liked best. Although, I actually think I ended up switching it after this picture was taken. I didn't like the two bigger polka dots that close to each other. The OCD in me couldn't handle it. 

And finally the finished project! I used a brown flannel as the backing on it, a thin batting for the inside to give it a little thickness (but not a lot), and then brough the brown flannel around to the front to create the binding on the edge. Also, I used tan yarn to tie the quilt in different spots - every two squares. Very simple. But very adorable. Can't wait to cuddle my little baby boy in it. 

1 comment:

Jenniffier said...

Very nice. Great fabric choices.