It’s that time of year again – Time to share what’s in the new book that I have been working on over the last 5 months or so. I have been busy exploring a new territory – fun quilts for babies and little kids! I shared a bit about my creative struggles earlier this year, so a new subject matter was just what I needed to bring back a little of my quilting mojo. . . It was really fun to work with fun kids fabrics, bright colors, and whimsical applique shapes.
I had several goals in mind with this book:
1. Provide a range of styles from traditional to modern (though leaning a little bit more toward the modern). I wanted motifs and colors schemes that would fit into any decor – and little kids rooms can be so fun!
2. Provide a range of projects for many skill levels and time commitments. Some of the projects are good for quick gifts and some of the projects have extra details for that really special little one.
3. Most of all, I wanted designs that would grow with the baby – I was thinking from newborn up to kindergarten. So, there are no rattles or ducks, no super soft baby colors, but things that kids will like right away and when they are 3, 4 and 5.
Now, onto the quilts . . . .
Because there are so many pictures to share, I am going to break this into two posts. First up, I am going to show the boy quilts (Stop back soon to see the post on the girl quilts.)
Here is the cover of the book again:
This quilt is called “Here Fishy, Fishy”.
I knew I had to have a fishy quilt in the book. You may remember that my husband is a fishing fanatic. He takes it the extra mile by talking about fishing in his sleep. My favorite thing he has said in his sleep is – you guessed it – “Here Fishy, Fishy”.
That little saying was my inspiration for this quilt – Along with my love of chevrons and anything with googly eyes.
My next quilt was inspired by all my little nephews who love cars. They can turn anything into a road – so why not make them a quilt with a built-in road?
My nephew Ethan is testing the road for the photo shoot. It actually kept him entertained for quite a while!
The pattern is called “Race Track” and the fabric is Fox Trails by Riley Blake.
The next quilt is called “Oh Baby” and features my brother’s youngest – Zachary (aka – “The Tornado”). I really wanted to have kids in the photos of my book. Joel thought I was crazy for wanting to attempt that because it is hard enough to get a good photo of a quilt, with all the lighting and settings just right. Then add a kid to the mix and the challenges multiply! I was really glad we tried, cause look how cuuuute this little tornado is!
This quilt features the kids name (obviously) and uses a charm pack. There are also some girl options for this pattern that I will show in my next post. The boy fabric shown is Ten Little Things by Jenn Ski for Moda fabrics. I just love the owl fabric in the border!
Next up is Puppy Love, featuring Ethan’s little brother Abram. He is about 4 months old in this picture and he came up with this pose all on his own!
This quilt was inspired by my Mom because she came up with the original design for this quilt. She makes a quilt for each grand baby born in the family and this one was made for my brother’s middle boy Peyton. Here is her version:
She used all flannels, so the quilt is super soft and snuggly. For the book, I used a more current fabric line called Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda fabrics.
I tell ya, being a model is tough work! I just wanted to show off my nephew again – and give you a close-up of the puppy details. If only real dogs came with polka dot ears!
Next up is Building Blocks, modeled by my nephew Peyton. As you can tell, he shares a room with his big brother and they are into dinosaurs.
When I saw this dinosaur print, I knew I needed to have it! This quilt was designed with that concept in mind – when you find a perfect print that you just don’t want to cut up too much. Then add a few 10″ squares or fat quarters in assorted colors, and you have this modern boy quilt.
Last up for the boys is “Ring Toss” (girl option shown also). As you can see, I have run out of nephews to use for props . . . .
The quilt is quick and modern. It features Layer Cakes or 10″ squares. By the way, many of the quilts in the book use precuts. When I started shopping for kid fabrics, I quickly realized that precuts are the way to buy fabric for these little quilts. Otherwise you end up buying yardage or a fat quarter pack, and having enough left-overs for a full size quilt!
Here’s is a close-up of the boy version. The featured fabric is called Summertime by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass. I added a few additional prints from my stash, along with the solid grey background.
So – That is half of the quilts from the book. I will show the others as soon as I have the post ready.
In the meantime, you can leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of the book. If you are trying to think of something to comment on, I am always curious to see which design is your favorite. As a designer, it is fun to know what types of things people are attracted to. You can also comment on your favorite boy fabric lines, or anything else fun that comes to mind!
To read part two of the preview, click here.