Last week, we went out with friends to celebrate their pregnancy. Before we even got a chance to order, they got a phone call to announce the birth of their newest niece, so it was a double celebration from then on. It seems like everybody is having babies right now. My facebook feed is full up of maternity photos, bump pics, pink-faced newborns or frazzled women asking the best place to buy maternity jeans. There is a silver lining—I get to make quilts. And it’s a nice baby step for me (ha) because big quilts with complicated patterns are very intimidating for a beginner quilter. Itty bitty baby quilts sewn on fleece backing are a nice, easy way of trying out new things or honing my skills without the commitment of a bigger quilt.
However, this one is going to be tricky. Without knowing the sex of the baby, I have to walk a tightrope in fabric choices. It has to be gender neutral, not too many florals, nothing that screams ‘boy’ or ‘girl’. In the past, I’ve often worked from charm packs, simply because I know that all the colours are going to go together. This time, I might have to go with solids, which is something I’ve never done before.
Luckily, Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas. Even if I can’t get exactly the same fabric, or don’t follow their pattern exactly, it’s still great to get me thinking about ways of approaching this little quilt.
This quilt by Susan Weinroth was labelled as a ‘boy’ quilt, but the colours are so gorgeous is could be perfect for a girl too. The pattern is so simple, definitely something I could manage. Half square triangles are so easy that I feel like I keep overlooking them, until I see something like this.
I would never think to pair yellow and mint, but the grey ties them together perfectly, especially with the juxtaposition of solids with small and larger scale patterns. I love the look of the herringbone design, but I’m not sure about it in practice—it looks harder than anything I’ve done yet, and I’m wondering if I would need to buy a special ruler for it.
This is one of my favourite pinned baby quilts—I love the colours. Obviously I’d have to mix it up to be more gender neutral, I have no idea how to cut out an isosceles triangle, and I think I would miss working with patterns, so maybe this one isn’t the one. But it’s a nice idea.
Whatever I choose, I have three other works-in-progress to get through first, but that’s okay – my deadline for this quilt is still many months away.