Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Baby boy circle quilt...

Baby boy circle quilt 
This is the finished quilt I have been working on this last week and the one I showed a little snippet of in my last post.  It is for the same baby boy that I made these gifts for. I thought after making the ball and bootees I would quickly whip up a simple quilt for him and immediately thought of this quilt but I always like to put my own spin on a pattern and also wanted to incorporate a bundle of fat quarters I had in my stash that included the zoology print by Michael Miller and some coordinating spotty fabrics that seemed perfect for a boy. The idea for the tree came from the Zoology print which has the same simple tree amongst the animals. 
Baby boy circle quilt 
The words are done in a Amy Butler stripe and to make them stand out a bit better I used a machine embroidery thread in a bright turquoise to blanket stitch around them.
Hand quilting nesscessities
I was going to quickly machine quilt it but then had the idea of some hand quilted various sized circles to keep with the circle theme I had going on. I found the perfect colours in one of Anna Maria Horners boxes of Pearle cottons and used a Fiskars circle template that I had for scrapbooking to get perfect circles.

Baby boy circle quilt 
I couldn't resist adding this sweet little bird to one of the branches which I found in one of my quilting books, and used another Amy Butler floral print.
Baby boy circle quilt 
The backing fabrics are nothing fancy but ones I wanted to use up from my stash. I found the 'abc' print and just added fabrics that went with the colours in that print. It felt so good to use these very old fabrics!
Baby boy circle quilt
The background spotty print is one from Spotlight and the binding print is the same print but the colours are reversed.  We gave the quilt and the other handmade gifts to my niece on Sunday and I think it's fair to say she was very pleased with everything.

16 comments:

Lara said...

That's one very cool quilt. Well done Catherine!!

makeitgiveit said...

That is gorgeous. I love seeing stuff for boys that is also beautiful. Well done.

Michelle said...

Love the your spin on the quilt, it's gorgeous... one lucky little boy!

Little Green Doll said...

What a beautiful quilt! Love the fabrics! :)

My 4 Lil' Girls said...

Oh it is beautiful, love your hand quilting, really finishes it off so nicely :D
Karen x

Deb said...

Great to see something a little different than the usual types of baby quilts. Very cool.

Katy Cameron said...

Very cute, love all the circles and the zoo prints. I've also taken to using scrapping tools, I'm finding it quite handy to have so more obscure gizmos and gadgets to hand to save buying new tools!

A Time for Stitching said...

Your boy quilt is fabulous! A wonderful collection of ideas and patterns that look like they were made to go together like this. I think you should submit the design to a magazine before your ideas are copied. I'm sure they'll be delighted to get a quilt design for boys that's so unique and original.
Teresa x

Needled Mom said...

It is adorable. I love the addition of the tree and circles.

Leslie said...

this is so cute. i love it!

Lis said...

What a gorgeous quilt and I love your handstitching, it's like sashiko, beautiful.

Rene' said...

This is an awesome baby quilt Catherine!!! Love it!

Kathy said...

A beautifully finished quilt, Catherine. Simple shapes work so well :)

Karen said...

Its adorable!!!! I imagine she would have been so stoked to receive such wonderful and thoughtful gifts for her bubba.

Wendy said...

What a beautiful quilt. It's so different and skillfully made

Michele Pacey said...

oh gorgeous. the little details like the words, birdie and handstitched circles are super-sweet. perfect for a little boy!

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