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.