This quilt was made by my client Rochelle for Lucas, her 2-year-old grandson. The quilt is made from a kit using Baby Genius fabrics.
I’ve actually used some of these fabrics in a quilt for my geek husband, so I was excited to open the box and see this design. There is something about the Baby Genius fabrics that make me smile! The colors and design called out for custom quilting to accentuate the attic windows and the creatures within each block.
Unfortunately, we did not take a close-up photo of the stars at the bottom. I love to quilt kids’ names into their quilts. It’s pretty easy because cursive is a single line. However, because Lucas was so young, I decided to use block lettering instead. I actually quilted each letter individually and buried my threads!This quilt got the seal of approval from my 17-year-old son, who basically does not like anything I do (quilting or otherwise). When my son said that he loved the quilt, I was pretty certain that young Lucas would love it too!
Baby Genius Quilt
Pieced back is almost as cute as the front!
One of the purposes of this blog is to share my quilts — the great, the good and the ugly — so that others can learn from my mistakes. Well … here’s one in the not-so-good category.
My plan was to whip up a quick, lap-size quilt for my nieces. They spent the summer raising sheep for 4H and one of them, in particular, is absolutely in love with this animal. I saw these Susybee panels and coordinating fabrics at fabric.com and decided it would be a quick quilt. I added a 1 1/2″ (before seam allowance) to offset the panel, and then borders to the sides and bottom.
Before we continue, let me say that I HATE IT!
The bottom border was from coordinating fabric. It is rather weird, because the bottom foot or so of the fabric is grass and sheep, and the other 34″ of the fabric is sky. I had this assuming the fabric was a border stripe, so I’d only ordered 2 yards and didn’t have enough to go around the quilt. The other designs on the panel were kind of an odd size and I wasn’t sure how to incorporate them in my quick-and-easy design.
It’s currently on my design wall and I’m trying to figure out how to fix it. I think I’ll rip out everything down to the original panel (with grey sashing) and then maybe add some 4 patches. Stay tuned.
Baaaad Sheep Quilt, as is
Original Sheep Panel from Susybee
This kit — Critter Kingdom by Pat Ashton — was an absolute pleasure. Fabrics were labeled, which I appreciated since all fabrics were black and white. Directions were easy to follow and there were lots of illustrations. I give Pat Ashton an A+ in design and pattern instructions.
My only complaint is that the animal templates for the monkey and giraffe need to be assembled. However there wasn’t a lot of alternatives, given that neither animal fit on the standard 8.5 x 11″ instruction page. I ended up photocopying these two animals onto another piece of paper, then cutting and pasting them together.
I really enjoyed this project. It is easy to do and would be great for a confident beginner.
The website given on the pattern is http://www.studioefabrics.com.
Critter Kingdom by Pat Ashton
I first saw this quilt on a “Fons and Porter” TV show. It looked extremely easy — just add 2 pre-printed borders to a panel. Once the fabric arrived, I figured I’d have this pieced together in about 10 minutes.
Not so fast! First of all, the top and bottom green strips of the panel were not wide enough to create the green strip on the top and bottom pieces. It’s about 1/2″ wide — but it was cut in half. Add a 1/4″ seam and you have no green stripe. I had to cut the green stripes out of the border print — which really chewed up my extra fabric for the border. So I had to order more.
Then there was my own stupidity. I made the quilt and kept thinking: this is awfully large for a baby quilt. It finally dawned on me that I had ordered two panels, and had not realized it because the panels were not cut apart. Darn! Because I was out of border fabric, I had to pick out the bottom border, slash the panel fabric in half, and re-sew the border.
Let’s just say this took more than 10 minutes. But it’s so darn cute!
Close-up of Brown Bear Quilt
Brown Bear Quilt