oh baby!

a few months ago, a lovely young woman sent me a message on facebook asking if i could make a quilt for her baby. she wanted it to be gender neutral with bright colours. as the months passed, she had some issues with her pregnancy and as a result found out the sex of the baby.

JOY! JOY! IT’S A BOY!

i pulled a selection of fabrics that i thought would be suitable for a hip and modern baby boy.

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I had been playing with a couple of different ideas for layouts, but hadn’t quite decided what i want to do. mama wanted to have “baby clayton” appliquéd onto the quilt, so i knew i needed to have some negative space in order to do that. i finally settled on half rectangle triangle blocks as a starting point. i played around on eq5 quite a bit until i had something i liked.

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this was my first layout and i was all excited until i realized that i needed my hrt’s going in both directions. me being me, i had cut all of the hrt’s the same way, so this wasn’t going to work. back to the drawing board (or computer in this case)

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thought this layout might work, but it didn’t leave me any negative space for the appliqué. try again.

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then i tried this layout. i thought it would look ok, but after laying the blocks out i thought it was a too busy with all of the different prints. also, i wasn’t thrilled with the idea of breaking up the chevron to put the appliqué on.

in the end, plain and simple won out.

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i was a little leery at first, but once i started assembling into rows i LOVED IT!! i inserted a 5 inch row of solid white for the appliquéd letters. i fused the letters on and did a small zigzag stitch around each one to secure them. i used a cozy flannel for the backing and quilted it using white thread in the dewdrops panto from urban elementz.

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i bound it with my favourite stripes from connecting threads. hubby thought the binding was a little too much, but thats what i loved about it. i love to have something unexpected in my quilts and the binding is a great place to play!

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the mama had quite a surprise a couple of weeks ago. she ended up being rushed into the hospital and delivered a strong and handsome little boy several weeks early. Jesse James Clayton was born on April 12 2015. as he was so early, he is still in the nicu, but he is healthy and growing! congratulations to the new parents! your beautiful son will bring you immeasurable joy!

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