Sunday, September 23, 2012

Grand-dad again!

John's about to become a grand-dad again!  My husband has three sons and come January ... all three of them will be daddies!

He's heading up to Toronto to visit all three of his sons and celebrate his grandson's 5th and granddaughter's 1st birthdays (kind of them to be born within 2 weeks of each other to make the trips easier ;-).  So he's going to take this quilt with him on the trip for the next little guy!

For this quilt, I used my 5 + One Square Tutorial.  I used the remaining piece I had of Alexander Henry 3D Zoo fabric I had left over from the Giraffes on this quilt as the base fabric.  The sashing is Kona Coal and then I picked out some Kona solids from my LQS.

I didn't have enough of the 3D Zoo to do all of the large squares in that fabric, so I alternated and did some in the print and others in solids ... but all blocks have at least one square in the print.

The squares around the perimeter are 1.5" cut and ~1" as finished.

I thought of ordering more of the 3D Zoo fabric for the front, but was fearful that the dye lots wouldn't match, so I ordered 1/2 yard of the print in the smaller scale for the back, where I also incorporated more of the 1" squares from the front.  

I finished it with a reasonably tight meandering quilting pattern in a gray thread.

I have to say, I am smitten ... the colors worked really well together and I find it fun and soothing at the same time ... just like a baby quilt should be!

I had a relaxing weekend at the cabin quilting ... while John attempted to repair the damage the deer have done to the garden over the past several weeks since we've been out.  We're pretty easy going with it ... it's "their neighborhood" and we run the risk of planting out here and them finding their dessert ... but unfortunately, it has been such a dry summer, that they are looking extra hard and stripped a number of young trees of their bark.  We departed tonight with a lot of duct tape on the trees ... we'll see if John's internet search results pay off in a month or two.

But two flowers that did survive ... are the 8' sunflowers!  Enjoy ...

Hope everyone had a GREAT weekend!

All the best


  1. Congrats...and the quilt is adorable. I really love the back as well.

  2. Such an adorable quilt!! Love the colors and the design :)

  3. It looks great, both front and back. I'd like to try something similar, so thanks for your tutorial.

  4. Congratulations on the new grandbaby! The quilt is adorable - I really like the solids mixed in with the prints. The back is fantastic too :)


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