I contacted some friends about making a quilt for their new arrival to be. The baby, due to arrive early in the new year is likely a girl but they aren’t 100% sure. The nursey is being decorated in a space theme with the main colours being black, white and grey. This, to me calls for a baby quilt using high contrast colours and a modern pattern rather than a more traditional baby quilt using soft pastel colors. Good thing, I love making modern quilts.
To go with the space theme a quilt with stars seemed appropriate but what pattern to use? I did some interent searching of modern baby quilt patterns and I came up with nothing that called to me. Then it occurred to me, that as I’m making a three colour quilt, to search for red, white and blue star quilts as those are quite commonly made in thea US as quilts of valour.
I found a pattern I liked on Pinterest. The Pinterest link points to www.quiltjubilee.com . The link goes to the website but the picture is no longer there. As I can’t link to it, here is a picture of the inspiration quilt.
With no written pattern available I decided what size my blocks would be. I decided on 6″ finshed sawtooth stars in grey surrounded by 12″ white sawtooth stars with the grey blocks as their centre. This mandated using 3″ finished sashing around the centre block and grey and white stripes cut at 2″ to finish at 1.5″
The vertical stripes in the orginal pattern didn’t speak to me so I left them out. Still it needed something to finish it off. After discussions on border size with hubby I made a 3″ border all around in black.
Crisp modern and definitely not your traditonal baby quilt. Stars go with the space themed my friends are using. And high contrast items I’ve heard stimulate babies as they see contrast before they can see colors.
Next up is piecing the backing (I have some white fabric with large black polka dots that while not perfect will work with it), and making and applying binding. That, though, can wait until tomorrow
12 thoughts on “A modern baby quilt with high contrast colors”
Wow, that turned out fantastic! I’m sure the baby, and her/his parents, will enjoy it for many years.
Thank you, I’m really pleased with it. Amazing how different colours make a quilt isn’t it?
AWESOME reverse engineering of that inspiration photo!! A high contrast quilt is perfect for baby.
Stunning! The parents to be will be thrilled.
Wow! Adding the final black border really makes the quilt pop! How fun to play around with different color schemes for a baby quilt. Fun, fun!
Beautiful quilt, and I have heard too about contrast for baby better than colors. It’s a stunning quilt, I love it!
Stunning! Great job winging it. I like how you bordered it, too. What is your wood backdrop? Deck?
This is SO cool!!! It will look so great ! Those stars just pop !! Great job!
Love how the stars go into the border. Stunning.
The final border was the perfect choice! The stars are now shining bright. Can’t wait to see how you quilt it!
So striking! Love it!
Wow. I love that in black and white! Great quilt!