Bright with Black and White





This quilt is extra special because it was made for my new nephew!  Usually I feel paralyzed when making a quilt for a specific person.  (let's face it, I made this quilt for his mom, not the baby!)

This time though, it came together easily.  She gave me complete freedom to make it however I felt like.  I know she likes bright rich colors, so that was a great starting point.

I actually used the numbers print with the black background as my color inspiration.  (it's called Countdown by Alexander Henry)

As I was pulling fabric I was a bit concerned that it was gonna be too crazy, but I went with my gut feeling that it would all pull together.

I used a Shannon Cuddle fabric for the back (also know as minky) that I found at a Quilt Shop in Calgary.  When I saw this piece, I knew it was just what this quilt needed!

I tied it with white yarn on each triangle point, and brought the backing around to the front for a binding.  The reason I chose to do this was largely the soft factor.  I know babies like to nuzzle the edges of their blankets, so I wanted to take advantage of this cuddly fabric. 

I used the concept of this tutorial, but left my backing more like 2" bigger, just because of its bulk.  I'll admit, those corners were a bit of a job to wrangle, but the nice thing about minky fabric is that it's plush pile is so forgiving!  You can't see if the stitching isn't perfectly straight, or that I stitched over the corners twice for durability.

26 comments:

  1. Wow, this is lovely! The minky on the back is gorgeous, I wish I could get hold of patterned minky like that in the UK!

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  2. Love this quilt and the idea of wrapping minky around to the front for soft edges for baby :)

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  3. Super cute. The palette is wonderful!

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  5. Congrats on the new baby! And if he doesn't like the quilt I will happily take it off his hands. Our out from under him. 8)

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  6. I love that Countdown fabric and used it really well within the baby quilt. Really, really lovely!

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  7. This is really great - I love the saturated colours and the fact that it is not at all babyish. I've never tried bringing the backing around for binding but I really should get on that some time.

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  8. Very very cute and looks like it can be done quick too...I have never done a quilt using minky fabric and I wonder if you used any kind of batting at all?

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  10. Oh this is wonderful - I'm in the process of making zillions of baby quilts (lots of friends are expecting!) and this has given me some great inspiration! beautiful color choices, thanks for sharing!

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  11. very bright and beautiful ! Love the dotty minky backing.....and you are right, it is soooo soft and cuddley :)

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  12. What a fabulous baby quilt, and not babyish so it will be used for years. (Minky is a treat at any age, though an adult nibbling on the binding might look a little odd!) I love that your quilts are your own, Jolene, with interesting colour and fabric choices that surprise me (in a good way) every time.

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  14. It looks so warm and cuddly - I'm sure mum and bub will appreciate it!

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  15. The black and white are really grounding. I like how the backing wraps around the front and especially the thoughtfulness you poured into this quilt.

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  16. I LOVE this baby quilt! My favorite! :)

    -rhondajoy

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  17. WOW! I love this so much, well done!

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  18. This is gorgeous! And looks like it will be a well loved gift! Could I ask when you tie it what kind of yarn do you use? I have a quilt I am contemplating tie-ing and am stuck choosing the type of thread...

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  19. Cute, Fun Baby Quilt that can be used forever! I love to use the black and white polka dot material!

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  20. Wow this looks beautiful, such lovely colours!

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