Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Modern Baby, a new release from Martingale. I have a quilt in this book, which marks the first quilt I’ve submitted for inclusion in a book. (yay!) Read through to the end for a chance to win a free eBook copy of Modern Baby!
My quilt, Busy Blocks, is a such a great quilt for a beginner and a fast finish quilt for an experienced quilter. Squares and half-square triangles. Easy as that. My goal was to design a quilt that could grow with a baby, both in color and design. An added bonus? If you wanted to make the quilt larger, simply increase the size of the basic square units and the quilt scales right up to any size you’d want, while retaining the exact same look as the baby quilt. I love designs that can do that!
It is also a fun design to try out a variety of free motion quilting designs. I quilted this one myself on my mom’s long arm, using a different design for each color grouping. The book sample I made is entirely made up of Kona solids, with the specific colors listed in the book.
In all of my printed patterns, I like to show the design in multiple colorways or fabric choices. I think it’s helpful to see each design in a totally different light. And Busy Blocks got the same treatment. Here it is in soft, pastel girly prints.
I will always remember this quilt and its timing in my life. We’d just learned that we were expecting our third child at the same time I was working to complete the quilt. That could partly explain my desire to make the quilt in two color schemes…. we are one of those ‘crazy’ couples that waits until the baby is born to learn the gender! Now, we have cutie pie, four month old Rhett. One day, when this quilt returns to me, I’ll get to take his photo on it!
Want to win a copy of the eBook version of Modern Baby? You’re in luck! Martingale is giving one away to one of my readers. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite color combination to use in baby/toddler quilts (other than pastel blue and pink!). I’ll pick the winner one week from today- Friday, April 26th.
You’ll want to check in at all of the stops on the tour. Consider it one big, traveling baby shower. Each blog offers a different chance to win an eBook!
April 18: Jenny, StitchThis! http://blog.shopmartingale.
April 19: Shea Henderson, http://emptybobbinsewing.com
April 22: Jake Finch, http://generationqmagazine.
April 23: Audrie Bidwell, http://blueisbleu.blogspot.
April 24: Carolyn Friedlander, http://carolynfriedlander.com/
April 25: Melissa Corry, http://happyquiltingmelissa.
April 26: Jen Eskridge, http://reannalilydesigns.com/
April 29: Sarah Flynn, http://fairyfacedesigns.
April 30: Dana Bolyard, http://oldredbarnco.blogspot.
May 1: Amy Smart, http://www.diaryofaquilter.
May 2: Carrie Bloomston, http://suchitysuch.blogspot.
May 3: Victoria Findlay Wolfe, http://www.bumblebeansinc.
May 6,: Lindsey Rhodes, http://lrstitched.com/
May 7: Pippa Eccles Armbrester, http://www.pippapatchwork.com/