Monday, October 8, 2012

the panda quilts: #7: playing with ponies quilt

It's nice to be able to finally share some of the projects I've been working on over the past few months! When I heard that this lovely couple was expecting a baby girl, the quilt train in my mind started chugging. I immediately thought of this Heather Ross print and promptly ordered a yard of the coral-colored fabric:
Something about the little girls and their cowboy boots reminded me of the mom-to-be.
I got out my Kona color card and tried my best to match the yellow ("Lemon"), the green ("Peridot) and the light peach ("Light Parfait"). I also ended up getting some of Lizzy House's Guising Twinkling Stars in Sherbert.
Once I had all my fabric, I had no idea where I was headed. All my past baby quilts had been simple patchwork squares, but with this one I wanted to do something that showcased the girls/horses. I found this block tutorial and decided on that.
Once all 12 blocks were sewn, I played with the layout a bit & decided to use the green sashing strips to break up the pinky-pinkness of the quilt.
horizontal AND vertical strips?

nah...just vertical
All done! Straight line quilting around the blocks...
quilt back...all the leftover "guising" + lemon + light parfait

you can really see the quilting detail in this one
I had the pleasure of hand-delivering this quilt to the parents-to-be in Denver, CO last week. I was just going to mail it, but what's the fun in that?! (In actuality, I was already plotting a trip out there anyway...) And unbeknownst to me, the quilt matched the color of the nursery. Baby girl is due in a few weeks!

2 comments:

The Blonde Mule said...

This is so cute! I can imagine how thrilled April was when she saw the little cowboy boots. Good job!

April P. said...

Katie- we just LOVE our quilt! It's so overwhelming to get a handmade gift that takes so much love and time to create. I couldn't imagine a more perfect design and fabrics for baby crantek. And that you got to give it to us in Denver - so special. Can't wait for you to meet her.

XOXOOXXOXOOXOX!