This quilt came about through two extra churn dash blocks I made last month for Stash Bee. A friend had a baby girl, and originally I thought I’d make her a star quilt, but then I got to thinking I’d use these blocks to make something bright and colorful.
I started with the orange and aqua block and put the other one aside to use for something else. I decided to use some of my Denyse Schmidt fabrics for the other blocks. Rachel at Stitched in Color is hosting a Shelbourne Falls Contest, so I incorporated a few of those fabrics into it.
Once the quilt was 3 x 3 blocks, which was a good size for a baby quilt, it didn’t feel right to me. Was this going to be the ugliest quilt ever, or just colorful? At this point my husband gave it a thumbs down and I decided I’ll just go with my original idea to make a star quilt for my friend’s baby and keep this one, just in case it doesn’t turn out like I had hoped. I added another row of blocks to make it a little bigger so my youngest daughter could use it on her bed.
A lot of the fabrics are Denyse Schmidt, with a few Anna Maria Horner and an Amy Butler print thrown in. The back is an AMH print from Innocent Crush that all my daughters really love. I pieced together the rest of the back from leftover fabric.
The quilting is a criss-cross on the diagonal—I marked it with masking tape and used 50 wt. pink Aurifil thread.
The binding is a Notting Hill print.
So, is it an ugly quilt or just colorful? It has a vintage vibe to it that I really dig, but I honestly don’t know!