She doesn't know the sex of the baby so I needed to choose pretty gender neutral fabrics for this one. Once I finalized my fabric pull, I had to choose a pattern that would showcase the super cute prints. I decided to go with Strip It Down by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory.
The pattern is for a quilt that's 48" x 60" but I wanted to make mine a little bit smaller so I wouldn't have to join pieces on the back. I cut the "bricks" a bit shorter (7 1/2") and the solid borders a bit narrower. I think I managed to keep the "spirit" of the design intact and ended up with the perfect size for this baby quilt: 42" long by 36" wide.
For the quilting, I went with my favourite FMQ design - a big meander in Aurifil 2600 in 50wt. I love quilting this design - it's super quick, looks awesome and after washing, leaves a wonderful texture on the quilt.
The backing is an awesome print I found at Craft de Ville. And the binding is leftovers from other quilts.
I'm super happy with this little finish and cannot wait to give it to Alexa!
- Pattern: Strip It Down by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory
- Size: 42" x 36"
- Fabrics: Bricks are a collection from Connecting Threads, the sashing and borders are Kona Snow and Kona Charcoal. The backing is by Robert Kaufman fabrics.
- Thread: Pieced and quilted with Aurifil #2600 (50 wt)
- Recipient: My colleague Alexa
I will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Anja Quilts for TGIFF.