I just handed over one of the cutest quilts ever to a customer. It was inspired by a newborn baby who has the cutest baby room theme…
Chicken wire, burlap and blue. How cute is that?
What really is even crazier is that I actually had chicken wire fabric in my stash. Yes, very scary!!
My initial inspiration came from some “sneaky” photos of the baby room. From that, I selected fabrics and went from there. Here’s a photo of the early fabric selection. I eventually removed the cloud fabric at the customer’s request and added in a few other blue tones.
Here’s the quilt laid out on my design wall. I used a simple block with the chicken wire surrounding the blocks. This as a quilt for a little boy so I had to really focus my efforts on a more masculine than cutesy look.
Here’s the quilt top as I start adding on the borders. I did two borders on the this quilt. I usually don’t pre-determine the size of my borders. Once the main portion of the top is complete, I then play around with different sizes and fabrics to see what looks just right.
I then added the baby’s name to the quilt. The baby remained “unnamed” for a few weeks after birth so I waited to add this last piece before I finished up the quilt. I used the fusible machine applique method. You will find my tutorial on this method here.
Here are the letters all ready to be machine appliqued with the blanket stitch. I used a brushed flannel for the applique letters. This is the same fabric that is on the back of the quilt.
Here’s the quilt all ready for binding. I am back to hand binding my quilts as I mentioned in a previous post. I think I just like the end product better and I like the process of hand binding.
Here’s the finished quilt. I quilted the top (as seen above) using wavy lines which I think turned out well. I wanted to do something different, but didn’t want to take anything away from the masculinity of this quilt.
Another shot of the top…you can see the proportion of the borders here in this photo as it relates to the rest of the quilt.
And, my favorite location to photograph all of my quilts…on this gate next to my favorite wreath!
This quilt has already been handed over to the new owner. I hope Travis and his mommy get a lot of good use out of this quilt in the coming years!