I am not one to shy away from Instagram challenges, and so the concept of a 5 fat quarter challenge excited me to whip up a baby quilt for a dear neighbor’s first child.
I narrowed the choices down to 2 bundles of 5 with similar tones. The first is a simple set of blues and whites, decidedly masculine and can hold up well in a room with navy, burgundy and classic rich colors.
The second bundle adds more color and spoke to me as blending baby – toddler – boy.
At the end of the day, I felt the quilt needed the pops of colors and went with a modified version of the second bundle. I kept 4 “colored” quarters with navy and / or reds. This resulted in 4 “bright” fat quarters used for the main quilt and instead of one background, 4 low volume fat quarters were used.
I had my eye on the Scrappy Cross design by Bonjour Quilts for some time. I sized up the instructions to make the blocks finish at 18 inches. I am glad I pieced a practice block first as my math work the first time around needed some work. Shout out to Pattern Designers as it ain’t easy crunching all those measurements into a quilt!
I’m in love with how it came out. It is fun, playful and the low volume really popped the bright reds and navy blues. I quilted it with very subtle wavy lines, mostly because I was challenged with getting it done. In hindsight, I would not change this as it seems to compliment the quilt without being over-bearing.
I missed the deadline for the 5 fat quarter challenge but all was not lost. I did find, for the backing, this great frog print which had the poison dart frogs loved by the Dad of family. Aren’t they cute?
This quilt finished at 38 x 38. Another great project where I just might need to make me one!
Linking up with Small Quilts and Dolls, Sew Fresh Quilts, Silly Mama Quilts and Inquiring Quilter.
9 thoughts on “Scrappy Cross Baby Quilt and 5 FQ Challenge”
What a terrific baby quilt, glad you went with the second choice of fabrics, and thank you for the link! I went and bookmarked, and then came back to write my comment 🙂 Do you know you can set the links to open in a new window so the person (me, ha) doesn’t lose track of your original post? Thank you for linking up with my DrEAMi! linky party.
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I didn’t realize I could set the links that way. I shall work on figuring that out as I like to open the new windows as well!
What a cute baby quilt. You are so much more disciplined than I am. I’ve never made a practice block before but that is an excellent idea!
Thank you Jessica! I had never made a practice block either but I’ve also never sized up a pattern. 🙂 The practice block will also become a pillow. I’ll post it when finished!
Great job! Such a cute baby quilt and it truly bridges that baby-toddler age bracket. Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.
Would you mind amending your post to include a reference to Design Wall Monday at http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com ? That way, when people click on your link and go to your blog to read it, they can easily click back to Design Wall Monday to go to the next blog. Thanks!
Great idea to make a practice block before you go any further. I will start doing that. Your baby quilt turned out great! Thanks for linking up with Design Wall Monday, Judy
Thank you for the reminder – all done!
What a fun challenge, and your completed quilt is fantastic! I love the low volume background. Thank you for linking up with To-Do Tuesday!!
Congrats! on your newly completed quilt. Such a thoughtful gift. I’m sure the baby will love it!!