I have a “frolleague” (friend + colleague- saw that word on another blog lately and borrowed it, but can’t remember where I saw it…) who is having a baby, her first, right around New Years Eve. So of course I need to make a quilt! But this frolleague happens to be pretty crafty herself, and also has an excellent and specific sense of color and design. I’ve been dragging my feet about starting the quilt, because I wanted it to live up to some pretty high standards. And of course, she chose not to find out if it’s a boy or girl, so, it had to be nicely gender neutral to boot.
I turned to my trusty Pinterest quilt board, and went through the many tutorials I have pinned. I settled on 3 finalists. Fletcher, Star Bright, and Marmalade Squares. In the end, Marmalade Squares won out, because I had some brownish-grey solid stashed away that was the perfect color for a background, at least for this mom-to-be. It’s a free pattern on the Moda Bakeshop website, by Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt.
I planned to use the grey for background, and many purples from my stash for the prints. Even if it is a boy, mom loves grey with purple. But as I was working on pulling fabrics, it seemed flat, and so I started to throw in greens.
The pattern is written for charm squares, so I had to cut my own…
You start with a 5×5 grid of 5″ squares, and then start to surround it with background.
I feel like the green was a good idea- both more gender neutral AND brighter for baby… Next step it piecing the 4 rows of lattice strips. I repeatedly underestimated the amount of bits to cut (since I wasn’t using charm square packs, I had to cut my own, and I don’t actually even know how many squares are usually in a pack!)
You also make a little patch for the upper left corner to create an appearance of the strips being woven.
And look, after 3 episodes of the final season of Dexter, a lunch break, and starting House of Cards, I had this:
I love it! I am so happy with how it turned out, and to get the top done on one Sunday afternoon, well, for me, that’s pretty amazing. Next Sunday is set aside to quilt it. If I can pull that off, and bind it in the following week, it should be done a month before the baby is due. I can do it!
I’m thinking purple for the binding- hoping it will balance the whole top nicely. Not yet sure what I’m doing for the back, so, hmm, maybe I need to rethink that schedule I just typed for myself! Wish me luck.