My Adventures in Quilting
I designed this quilt to be a wall hanging, but it could easily be a baby quilt. It measures 39″ x 42″ when done.
I was inspired by this ombre stripe fabric by V and Co. I saw when Vanessa Christenson was on Quilt with the Stars. She designed this fabric for her Color Me Happy line so you would get four coordinating colors. It is a wonderful fabric to work with.
I used Microsoft Excel to mock up the design as it was the only program on the computer I was using at the time. I do find Excel easy to work with as long as you are only using squares and triangles. I do most of my sketching on graph paper anyway. Each cell is 1″ in Excel. I ended up using Illustrator and Photoshop when I was making the pattern to share
I wanted to get a gemstone look so I used all four colors in the quarter square triangles in a semi-random manner. I also made cut my blocks a tad too big so that I can trim them down to be perfect. I know this can be a bit tedious, but it really helps with the final assembly and overall appearance of the completed quilt.
Here is what you need:
1 yard Color Me Happy stripes in blue
1 yard light grey or other background fabric
That’s it. And these measurements are in excess. I don’t like running out when I make one small measuring mistake.
I have tried to compose it in plain language and make it easy to follow. I classified it as “Confident Beginner or Intermediate Quilter”. Please send me feedback as this is the first pattern I have designed and put out for use by the public. It is free, but I request that you return credit in regards the design. The pattern does not include instructions for quilting or binding. The pattern is just for the top.
I hope you enjoy making this.
The original inspiration for this quilt came when I found out that my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were having a baby. At the time, we didn’t know the gender, but I felt drawn to this design anyway. I was all sorts of excited once I found out that it is a boy. I added a label to the back with the baby’s name and presented it to them. They seem very happy to receive it and I will look wonderful in their nursery as they are doing a nautical theme.