This baby's parents are both engineers and I wanted an organized pattern of form and color so I made a Geometric Slide. Pattern by Faith Jones and available in her book Vintage Quilt Revival. I altered the pattern to make this baby sized.
Who doesn't love squared up blocks and a pretty pile of trimmings?
Since I was using only one print for each color I chose to alter the starting point of the slide as well. I didn't want the colors all lined up like in Faith's beautiful scrappy version.
How perfect is this backing? After lots of searching I found this Wooden Blocks print online at Stash Fabrics. It's by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics so I knew it would be super soft. I had never seen this before and wasn't sure how true my computer monitor was showing the colors but I was running out of time so I crossed my fingers and placed the order. After a short delay by the USPS my order finally arrived and matched absolutely perfectly. Yay for happy endings!
I had originally planned to use one of the prints in the blocks for a binding but was so happy with the backing fabric that I decided to use it for the binding as well. I like it!
I free-motion quilted this to death with tons of jagged lines and shapes. Have you seen those labels you can buy that say, "This took me for-ev-er"? This was worthy of one of those! 😉
You can see the quilting a little better on the white. For me the challenge is keeping all the quilting similar sized - easier on the white background than the colorful blocks. It's so hard for me to ignore the shape of a block and keep things random.
I used Quilter's Dream Cotton Select loft batting.
Doesn't it make a nice backdrop for these adorable hats my daughter knit for the cousins!
So for this second gender neutral quilt I switched up grays and neutrals for bright colors, a timeless block for something modern, and straight line quilting for dense free-motion. Rest assured, however, that equal amounts of love have been sewn into each.
And everything has been gifted with lots of prayers for healthy, happy babies!