Saturday, March 01, 2008

rockabye sweet baby james



This is a fairly modern baby quilt I made for some dear friends' new baby. . . James. I have to give props to Denyse Schmidt for the design (don't you love her?) which is based on her series of Rugby Stripes work quilts. I really enjoyed a podcast I heard a while back where she was interviewed by craftsanity and she said she was glad she's inspired quilters out there and doesn't mind if they mimic her work, it is the greatest form of flattery, right?

Anyhow, my dimensions, if you want to know, are:
  • Thick stripes (4 brown and 3 blue) 5.5" x 36"
  • Thin stripes (6 maroon and deep red) 1.5" x 36"
  • one yard of 45" wide fabric for the back
  • 1 1/4 yard of solid red for bias tape, with plenty left to bind another quilt or two
  • Final size is about 36 x 42"
P.S. I stick with Denyse's general rule of using mostly solid colors, and then prints and patterns just to add interest. If you run out of a color (or even if you don't) find a scrap in your stash that is the same value, not necessarily the same color, and sub it in. How do you know if its the same value? Hold the two fabrics next to each other and squint. . . do they have the same visual weight or kind of just disappear into each other?

6 comments:

April said...

beautiful. I love everything about it. Boy items can get a little cheesy sometimes but this is perfectly preppy and modern in every way. Rugby stripes!! Seriously love it. You are way too cool for me.. maybe some of your coolness will rub off on me?
And I love that Denyse Schmidt said that about imitation and flattery. I love imitating :)

The Kyles said...

you are amazing. I made a quilt for my young woman in excellence project, but I am still rather intimidated by the prospect. Anyway, perhaps I'll muster my courage and attempt it again... The quilt is beautiful!

Eric & Kate Anderson said...

happy birthday juliann!

sara said...

I love, love, love, love (times infinity) your quilts. and that friendship quilt for Alice- what a great idea!

Lorie said...

Great work.

Andrea said...

My husband, Chad Erekson, showed me your blog. I love your projects, I had seen Denyse Schmidt quilts before, and your rugby quilt reminded me about them and today I made (at least the top) a crib quilt. I love it, thanks.