Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Last year I participated in a Polaroid swap on Instagram.  We made little blocks that look like Polaroid photos and shared with each other.   When I heard my scrapbooking/card making friend was going to be a grandma I knew it was time to pull these out and put them to use. 
I received about 30 blocks in the swap so got to work right away to add to my collection.  For the quilt to finish at 40"x50" (my daughter's favorite new-baby size) I needed 72 blocks.  

The blocks go together very quickly though I did spend lots of time going through my stash and fussy cutting 2 1/2" squares to make them.  I loved every minute of it!  How cute are some of these Polaroids?

Grandpa is a carpenter.  I looked long and hard for a backing fabric with tools but all I could find was a fat quarter of the little wrenches above (first in the second row).  While I couldn't use it for a backing, I did make a Polaroid out of it and took the completed top apart, just a bit, to add it in.  

Instead, I made a giraffe from Sew Fresh Quilts Giraffes in a Row pattern and pieced it into a backing.  My daughter took monthly photos of her son during his first year on the BB-8 quilt I made for her.  She loved watching how he started so tiny and by a year old was almost as big as BB-8!  Maybe this new mama will have fun with that, too!

Here's a close up of the gray fabric I pieced the giraffe into.  It's got darling little stars and planets on it.   The selvage reads "The Little Prince ~ Le Petit Prince".  I was not aware that it's a book and the fabric is from the illustrations.  

How could I not incorporate it into this new little guy's quilt? 
I used a yellow Mini Pearl Bracelets fabric by Lizzy House for the binding.  It goes perfectly with that giraffe.  I had this in my stash but there's a little left here.
I free motion quilted this with a meandering stipple and used Quilter's Dream Cotton select loft batting.  I washed it before gifting and the texture is so cozy!

This was a fun one!  Now I'm off to look for "Le Petit Prince"!

I hope you're enjoying October.  Thanks for stopping by.