Wednesday, May 18, 2011
WIP Wednesday - New Baby Quilt
I got started on a new baby quilt this week, inspired by the Michael Miller "Edgy Veggie" fabric above (which will be the backing). My original plan for this quilt was to make a stacked coins quilt, although I wasn't sure if I wanted it to have sashing in between the stacks or have them right next to eachother. I started pulling fabrics that coordinated with the backing and I ended up with so many colors that I decided to go for the full rainbow. I am also using the realistic fruit/veggie fabrics that I used recently in some baby clothes again, so that will be a good tie-in with the backing. I got excited and went ahead and cut out a bunch of 8" long strips in varying widths and then played around with arranging them.
My original thought had been to have the colors randomly mixed together, and while I actually somewhat like this (and like it more with white sashing), it does seem like it is too busy. I also tried arranging them in rainbow order and that looked nice but I am not sure the folks that I am giving this to would like it.
I thought it would work better if I arranged them more by color without having it feel totally like a rainbow, so I played around with having blocks in different colors in a kind of rail fence pattern. I like how this looks much better, but it makes me a bit bummed because I was really hoping to make a sliced coins design.
I showed them to a friend and in talking it through with her it occurred to me that they might look better as sliced coins if I alternated cool colors in one stack with warm colors in another (although I couldn't figure out where to put the purples - they looked a bit off with the warm colors). I like how this layout looks quite a bit... Although I like the rail fence design too, so I am not totally decided. I have a few fabrics coming in the mail that I think will be good additions to this quilt so I will probably wait to make a final decision until they come - in the meantime, I would love to hear which design other folks like better.
I am hoping to sew up my blocks for the do.Good stitches bee in the next week and maybe work on a few garment sewing projects too... now that it is really warming up I am itching to try my hand at it a bit more and make some cute summer clothes!
I'm linking up again with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced - head on over to see the other fun projects that folks are up to: