My friend Lindsie will be having a baby boy any day now. His name will be Sikorsky, Sky for short. Time to make another boy baby quilt. Twist my arm.
The design is from my HST Alphabet quilt block pattern (under development). Time to test out the letter S! It ended up how I envisioned: geometric, drop-shadowy, and not so baby-ish that he might want to hang it up on the wall when he gets older. The finished quilt measures about 46″ by 39″.
I told Lindsie that I was planning to make something for her little guy, and asked if she had any color requests. I knew I’d get definite suggestions, her being a graphic designer and all. Sure enough, she had her color palette at the ready: blue/turquoise/lime primary and grey as secondary. Like the HST Alphabet – M Baby Quilt, this quilt has my designed letter block in the middle, surrounded by three rows of half-square triangles, all made from 5″ squares. So I picked out all the blues and greens from two Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton precut charm square bundles I had on hand: Dusty and Sunrise palettes. These fabric bundles are soooo handy!
Then matched up the colors to stitch up some HST units. Oy, those colors!
Then trimmed each HST to be exactly 4″ square.
I threw the letter S design on the design wall, and spent quite a bit of time arranging color placement. I didn’t go for random placement on this one.
I kept the rows in order with some fabric scraps and pins.
Then stitched them all together. Glue basting is my new friend. I like HST seams pressed open and glue basting works that!
The really cool thing about sewing with solid fabrics in a semi-random way, is that you get to see so many cool color combos.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: gotta like a good backside 😉
For the back I used grey Widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander via Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I used Kona Pepper for the binding, using the leftover binding strips to frame up a little quilt label.
Wash and dry time. Because of the contrast of all the color with the bright white of the letter, I made sure to wash it with a few color catchers to prevent any color bleeding.
Oh, the crinkle.
Rolled up and wrapped with a camo ribbon. Perfect.