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.

1 comment:

  1. Golly, this is just a perfect baby quilt. I agree with your daughter that it's a nice size for growing into. I would never be able to make as many Polaroid blocks as you have because my stash just doesn't contain novelty prints. It's great to see how you made this come together, and that giraffe on the back is the final point of perfection. Such a nice gift!