Woohoo! Guess who’s started making her Block Letters For Baby quilt? That’s right, me!
Using Elizabeth Hartman’s Billboard Quilt-Along as a guide, I got out my coloured pencils and started planning the top of my quilt.
Because it’s a baby quilt I don’t want to have too many letters and I’d like them to be big and bold, not all squashed in. So I decided on six 12″x12″ squares, two wide and three long, for the quilt top (so many resources for quilting are still in inches, so it usually pays off in the end to write down all the measurements in inches – I always have pages of numbers and conversions, trying to work out what all the inches actually mean in cm).
The quilt needs to be unisex, since my friend won’t know the gender of her baby until she or he is born. I decided to use six different colours for the quilt top, with a plain background to help the letters stand out. I think white’s crisp and clean-looking, but ultimately impractical, and giving a new mum a white baby quilt’s a wee bit mean. So I’m going for beige, and using homespun to give it a homey, speckled, natural look.
I used a simple plan and played with my coloured pencils to work out the placement of the colours (the real beauty of it is that it probably doesn’t matter). The colours I’m using are green, yellow, orange, purple, blue and red.
The letters I chose are LOVED♥. Ok, so one of them isn’t a letter. <3!
I got the letters printed at a copy shop to fit within a 10″ square (I drew the heart myself at home).
At home I traced them onto freezer paper and then divided each into wonky columns and segments as per the quilt-along’s instructions.
Finally, I got out my coloured pencils again and used them to plan out where each of the fabrics would go, to ensure that I won’t have any patches of the same fabric touching each other. I’ve decided to use five different fabrics for each letter/colour.
Colouring all the pieces with pencils was really fun!! Might have to break out the colouring books some time 😛
Now that I have the design of each letter planned out, the next step will be to cut out all the pieces that make up one of the letters, and use them to cut out the corresponding fabrics. Can’t wait! 😀