Monday, October 22, 2012

Fast and Simple

Some friends of mine are having a baby.  The sonogram says it is a boy.  So I am making a little quilt for the new boy.  After going through what I had on hand I decided to use two different blues.  Since I need to do this quickly, I decided to do a simple checkerboard patchwork pattern.  I am cutting 6" squares.  It seems to be not too big and not too small.  Also my handy 24" by 6" ruler made cutting the pieces super easy. (If I had my AccuQuilt Go! with me, I could have used the 6" die and done the same thing.)
To speed it along I cut strips 6" by "24" of each fabric and sewed those first. Then I subdivided those into 6" sections (6 by 12) and sewed them into patchwork.
I did two sections that are 4 by 5 rows of these.
My plan it to add wide yellow sashings with maybe some blue cornerstones on the ends.  I don't have that yellow fabric with me, so I can't be sure it will work.  The other option I have considered is a tan fabric.  I really think the yellow will make a happier quilt.  What do you think?  I have also considered red for the cornerstones  but I will have to audition that also. Do you have any great ideas for this?

What is your go to design for a fast baby quilt?  (I have another one to make for a baby that is due a little later.)


14 comments:

Pat said...

To me, that is a great, fast quilt for a "need-it-in-a-hurry" project. If I have a little more time, I like to do something with HST's. As for your sashing colors, I like the idea of yellow more than the tan....not too certain about the red in the corners...would depend on what color you are using for binding (or at least that would help decide it for me). Lucky baby to get a homemade "Gene" for snuggling and sleeping!

Beth said...

Well the blue is great. (My color LOL ). I would use the yellow for sure for border. Not sure about the red, would have to see the shade. What a fun snuggle quilt.

limpingalong said...

Between the choices of yellow, tan, and red, I like yellow best. If you use the yellow, perhaps you can applique on a yellow duck or two, scattered here and there. What will your backing be? Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Rhonda said...

Love the two blues. I don't do many baby quilts but I have done the stack and whack in yellows, pinks and whites.

Frog Quilter said...

My go to for baby quilts are left over blocks made into a completely different design.

Love the blue, add the red or yellow and it will be bright for a baby to see.

Tangos Treasures said...

Love the blue & I like how you did it!! I think the yellow wins!!! But you'll know when you see it!!

emmy said...

I love blues and yellow, however for a boy, I'm leaning toward red. Like Tangos Treasures idea of 'auditioning' the border colors.

Exuberant Color said...

I think blue and yellow is a great choice. I would probably use green or purple for the cornerstones.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

A fun applique is always a nice addition or hand tying it can add some visual interest too.

Just be sure you make a label! LOL....and sign it :)

Kelly

Connie said...

I think yellow would be perfect on this quilt and I agree with Kelly, how about a little applique? Thanks for sharing.
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Michelle said...

I love the way yellow and blue look together.

My "go to" baby quilt (and I've made more than a hundred of them for the pregnancy center) is to raid my box of 2 1/2" square and just play with the layout. Not much help, huh?

Barbara said...

Whatever makes it the most Gene-ish (bursting with color). :)

Barb said...

Oh...I love these colors....no matter what you choice that will be one lucky baby!

Kate Brown said...

I am thinking the yellow too. The idea mentioned above with the duckies sounds too cute!