I wanted to make a baby quilt for one of my favorite people. Lindsay is the daughter of one of my best friends and I have watched her grow from a baby to a beautiful woman. She has always been one of my "pretend daughters" and we have a special friendship that is very dear to me. I was one of the first people she told she was expecting, after her family was told. That made me feel pretty important.
She and her husband chose not to find out the gender of the baby before it's born, and are planning a black, white and grey color scheme for the nursery. With that in mind, I needed to come up with a sophisticated, gender nuetral baby quilt.
I knew I wanted to include some of the new Cotton&Steel prints from the Black and White collection. I also have the Lotta Jansdotter Black and White collection and added several other text prints from my stash. But, I still did not have a design in mind until I saw the mini wall hanging Stina made for her brother.
This was the photo that sparked my idea. With permission from Stina, I got started thinking about the words I might like to use in this black and white baby quilt. You can read about Stina's inspiration here.
Trying to think of words for baby, I came up with Eat...Sleep...Snuggle... and my quilt had a plan. I pieced the words first, using my own design for the words by first drawing them on graph paper and then started adding to the words to make bigger blocks until I had a few wide, pieced blocks. I cut 2-1/2" strips from all my fabrics and just started making some improv blocks, trimming as I needed them to fit with the word blocks. I added some solids of Kona white and medium grey and Steel Essex linen to make it not too busy.
I ended up with a fun, improv, baby quilt, in black and white. The "whites" in these fabrics are all different, from pure white to almost cream, so I tried to mix them up to get a nice blend. It's funny, but these photos look like I changed them from color to black and white, but I didn't.
The tiger from the black and white C&S collection had to make an appearance in the quilt.
I quilted it with straight lines approximately spaced 1/2" apart. It has a nice, crinkley texture without being too stiff to snuggle that little baby.
"Twenty fifteen", cut and pieced together, from IKEA's Nummer print, to forever remember the year the baby was born.
I backed it with the Robert Kaufman widescreen crosshatch in Black. I love this fabric for a backing. It comes in a few colors and I have used it a lot. I wish the manufacturers would make more widescreen prints. This time I attached the label before quilting. I don't know why I have not done this before. But now it is forever on the quilt instead of being hand-sewn after the quilt is completed.
The white binding seemed the perfect compliment to finish this quilt. It frames it nicely and does not add anymore distraction to this, already, very busy quilt. I attached the binding by machine and I am so happy that I have finally gotten better at this technique. Glue basting really helps make it pretty faultless.
I can't wait to take a picture of the little Wandzilak baby, lying on this quilt.
Name: Eat, Sleep, Snuggle
Fabrics used: lots of Black and white fabrics including cuts from Cotton & Steel Black and White collection, Lotta Jansdotter Black and White collection, Summerville, Madrona Road, Kona white, Kona medium grey and Steel Essex Yarn Dyed Linen.
Thread: Pieced and quilted with White Aurifil 50 wt.
Batting: Warm and White
Backing: Robert Kaufman Widescreen Crosshatch Black
Binding: White Kona Cotton.
Size: 44" x 43.5"