Friday, February 19, 2010

"Layered Woods" Quilt Finished! Yup, for our little one...

Here it is! After two snow storms in a week I finally dragged Justin outside to hold it up for photos. Just tonight I asked him what I should name it and he aptly said "Layered Woods" after I described what kinds of fabric are in it. And I think that will be the official name. Odd... we can choose a name for a quilt but not our baby that's due in six weeks.... figures!


Anyhow - back to the quilt! I did end up stippling it as I wanted close quilting that would make it nice and sturdy and keep all the seams strong and long lasting. I know its nothing exciting but I do think it turned out great. Plus it doesn't detract from the strong overall design of the stacked fabric strips.

I originally made 6 rectangle blocks to work into the back (or side B) of this quilt... but after playing with, rearranging, stressing over, dreaming about, and ultimately NOT liking how anything looked after an (annoying) week I scrapped the idea of those rectangles and just used big chunks of the fabrics... including FLANNEL which is the white section. I think the flannel will make it extra cozy. Now - if Joanns carried more than 12 colors of Kona Cotton I could have probably done something with the rectangles. And yes, I realize I own a Kona Color Card but I was too impatient to wait for an order of fabric to arrive in the mail. Maybe I should have gone straight to the Kona Card and picked out some coordinating solids? Hindsight is always 20/20,eh? I needed to finish this quilt so I didn't feel like a complete failure, and so I could move on to other things in my list of projects. It was just weighing on my mind, ya know? I typically over-think my quilt layouts and decided to keep it simple this time... for my own sanity's sake.


So I'm glad its done, and I'm quite pleased with the outcome. It measures 40" x 60" after being washed... all of these photos so far are before washing, so you can see the stippling better. I realize its a bit large, but I consider it a plus because it will be big enough to cover a toddler bed when the time comes.


I made Justin take a quick shot before heading inside. He tried to get out of it but I'm good at making him laugh. I love his smile!

Finally - the binding! I LOVE how it turned out!!! As I mentioned in a prior post, its from the Flower Child collection by Iota... called Honeycomb in Creamesicle. Purchased from Hawthorne Threads, one of my favorite fabric shops! And geez, its even on sale right now!

Here's a few post-washing photo in all its crinkly goodness...

Layered Woods, in its new home, the nursery. I hope baby boy loves it as much as I do. I think I'll hold off on making a label for it so I can include birth stats and (hopefully) his name! haha

27 comments:

Jessica said...

Beautiful! I love that binding so much--it's like all the other fabrics put together or something. You're right that the large size is a plus--once he's rolling over, you'll be glad that it's big. You will use it all the time!

Also, if it's any consolation--we didn't name our little boy until the moment he was born, and his name is still perfect for him at 3 1/2.

beth said...

how fun. I love your quilt! YOur hubby gave it a great name too.

Jen said...

IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!! I love this so much! There is something about it's simplicity that makes it so fabulous! I thought I saw somewhere a pattern that kinda looked like this. Am I imagining things? Did you design this or is it a pattern? You did a wonderful job and I think y9ou will be happy you made it the size you did. It may be a little big in the beginning, but those little babies grow so fast! Once they are a toddler, the larger sized blankets are perfect! My daughter who is 6 now still uses one about that size that a friend made. Perfect for car rides and snuggling on the the couch!

Jen said...

here's the pattern I was thinking of.

http://www.fatquartershop.com/store/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?sid=858622000468586&Store_id=499&page_id=23&Item_ID=35654&Parent_Ids=

I like your design better! ;)

Janice said...

wow, what a lucky baby! The quilt turned out beautifully and that binding is making me CRAZY!

Oh and the size is great. My little one plays on a quilt all the time and his baby quilt is just too small now that he is rolling around, so I had to use one of my bigger quilts.

Congrats!

Blue Is Bleu said...

It's lovely!! And the binding is absolutely perfect.

Mel said...

Cristin that is STUNNING! And I can't believe you have it finished before the little Mr has arrived! Well done you :) I love all the fabrics you've chosen and I really love the binding too. Really, really beautiful x

A said...

I love this quilt - I really like the solid look of it - perfect for a boy. And I think the back looks great as it is.

Sarah said...

That is a great quilt! Love your stippling. Have yet to venture into the world of free form quilting (I seem to have enough trouble with straight lines). We are having a baby soon too - a girl due in April! Congrats on the impending birth of your son!

Aunt Spicy said...

Cant believe I am about to say this...but I think the binding might be my favorite part of that quilt!

Katie B. said...

I love the simplicity! Baby boy is going to love this too.

Nichole said...

this is really beautiful!

Chelsea said...

This turned out awesome! I like the back too. Cute picture of you & the hubs by the way!

Stephanie said...

Just beautiful! You'll be so happy you made it to fit a toddler bed, my son hasn't really used to many blankets until he had turned 1and more so now that he is almost 2. I absolutely LOVE that binding, thanks for letting me know it's on sale, I think I'm heading there next:)

elle said...

Names are important. You'll know. The quilt is wonderful. The binding ties everything together in a fun way.

Sarah said...

I really like it. Glad you got to take advantage of the little bit of sun we have had to take some photos. It's a smart idea to make it a little larger because your little one will be that big before you know it (yes cliche but also very true!).

Andrea said...

It's perfect! I love the binding on it too!

secret cake said...

So great! Love that crinkley goodness. Great fabric selection and the binding is awesome.

Cheers!

janssen designs said...

I love this quilt and definitely a great choice for the binding! Great pic of you two!

Lisa said...

it's fabulous! congrats on completing it so far before the baby arrives!

freshlemons said...

I just love how it turned out! And that binding is to die for!!

Don't feel bad about not having a name yet. We had a heck of a time coming up with a boy name. Everyone thought we were just keeping the name from them, but really it took a preterm labor scare to get us settled on a name! LOL

Leslie said...

this is amazing...i am inspired

Kate said...

This is just gorgeous! I love the fabrics and love, love, love the binding! I hope your son treasures it for a long time to come.

SophiaAster said...

What a great baby quilt! He's going to treasure it forever. It's a perfect combo of baby and modern.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Awesome! It looks great.
And may I suggest Henry for a baby name, since you are going with Layered Woods for the quilt? After Henry David Thoreau.

Melanie said...

This quilt is just beautiful. I love everything about it and that binding is just perfect. Congrats on a gorgeous finish!

Kristin said...

This is soo beautiful! I love that pattern and may have to try it out now. :) congrats on your little one.