HST Alphabet – S Baby Quilt

30 June

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″.

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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!

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Then matched up the colors to stitch up some HST units.  Oy, those colors!

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Then trimmed each HST to be exactly 4″ square.

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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.

The solid white/greys/black are courtesy of the Kona Cotton Silent Film palette by Robert Kaufman, something I always have on hand (thanks, Fat Quarter Shop!)

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I kept the rows in order with some fabric scraps and pins.

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Then stitched them all together.  Glue basting is my new friend.  I like HST seams pressed open and glue basting works that!

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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.

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: gotta like a good backside 😉

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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.

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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.

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Rolled up and wrapped with a camo ribbon. Perfect.

HST Alphabet - S Baby Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

 

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