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!