Rainbow block baby quilt and puppy

During the last finishing stages on my mom’s birthday quilt, my friend Ida in Minnesota had a baby girl.  She didn’t find out the gender, so I was waiting until the baby was born to make something.  When I found out it was a girl, well – I had a great project in mind.  Based on the same quilt pattern from this past summer, but with a few modifications, including wider sashing strips and a minky backing.  (which by the way, is a pain in the arse).  It also dawned on me that my dear friend had gotten married almost a year ago, and I had not sent her a present.  Bad friend, yes I know.  So, that meant another project to come between finishing my mom’s quilt.

Here’s the Rainbow Block baby quilt:

Doing the minky back was really tough because the fabric slips around like crazy!  I think next time I’d just do flannel.  But it came out so nice and soft, perfect for a newborn.

And for the wedding present…

I received my first ever layer cake and first ever batik fabric as a Christmas present this year, and I had been messing around with ideas for the fabric and seeing what looked good with what.   I thought that I may make placemats with it but as soon as I had my friend in mind, the project began to take shape, and sure enough – at the end of the day there was a gorgeous table runner.  I LOVE the way it came out.  Here’s a close up of the gorgeous fabric:

And the final piece:

I really have been enjoying (as you can tell) grouping fabric by color and sewing in a rainbow like order.  It is really pleasing to look at.  Plus, when you are dealing with reds, greens, blues, pinks and purples, grouping them really shows off each individual color and fabric print.  More-so I think, than if they are contrasting.  But  I suppose it depends on what you are looking for!  I backed it with a black kona cotton.  I’ll post a pattern later for those interested.  I am quite happy with the way it turned out.  If only I can get it out in the mail sometime this week!

And then Mesa the pup helped me finish mom’s quilt.

Very helpful, don’t you think?  I’ll post the final pics of this quilt very very soon.

Published by Kate

The basics: I love New England (my home), the outdoors, gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, my kitties, my puppy, my partner in crime Alex and my sons Griffin & Orion, and my family and friends. I occasionally have time to share the things I love here. Enjoy!

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