Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Whoooopie!!

I think I’ve got it!

I tried black --- too dark--- I tried white --- too light! Besides, who makes a white baby quilt? STAIN is the first thing a new mother learns ---

I know babies see black and white first --- and then into color, so this is what I decided to do!

I spent the morning cutting 1.5” strips from my solid black, and several different black on white prints. Again, it’s hard to go for things that are not too florally!

Reminder to self….think BABY BOY!!

I stuck with mostly geometrics, and just for fun, I threw in the black ants fabric…hahah!

I pieced checkerboard sashings for hours…only to find I’ve barely made it half way. Sheeesh! There is more piecing in the sashing than in the blocks! ((What was it I was trying to keep myself from doing with this baby quilt? Restrain from over-board piecing??!))

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I dug into the box of pre-cut squares to pull out bright ones for my corner stones..there are still some that aren’t decided yet, more digging is required ---

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This one’s just for Siobhan! I saw the Scotty dog and thought of you!

I think it’s pretty dang fun!

I’ll do more on this later – right now --- I’m headed out the door. I’ve gotta get OUT of the basment. I’m headed for a massage ----one treat I save for myself on a some-what regular basis. It is ALWAYS good for what ails me, body, mind and soul!

61 comments:

Laura said...

The black and white checkerboard sashing is perfect!! And I recognize a lot of those fabrics from my own collection of black and white fabrics lol.

Sue K said...

The black and white checkerboard is perfect. I know it's lots of piecing, but you know you'll love it when you are done!

Belinda said...

Just too darn cute!!!!

MaryLu said...

Fabulous borders!! I think black and white checkerboard is absolutely grand! I know that's a lot of piecing, but baby will love it!!

regan said...

Wow! I'm loving that checkerboard sashing! It makes everything POP! And those fussycut centers are so darned cute! Turtle!!! :o) And it definitely says 'boy' without being overly blue! LOVE IT!

Marsha said...

That is sooooooooooo cute!

Sallie said...

Love the black and white checkerboard!! Such a wonderful quilt!

Coloradolady said...

This is adorable!!!!! I love it! I was in a swap that had this type of fabrics for an I spy quilt and they have just sat on the shelf. This is very inspiring to get them out and make a couple of quilts for "someday" when I maybe will have someone to give it too!! I love this!!!

Michele said...

Sure is looking cute!

The Quilting Cat Lady. said...

This is just perfect for the blocks. It comes together with the black and white. Love this quilt.

Margaret said...

Oh yes -- definitely! The kind of discovery that makes one think, "Why didn't this occur to me earlier?!" :-)

LizA. said...

I don't know how you manage to do it time after time. That checkerboard is just perfect. I have to laugh about the fact you seem to think this sashing is endless--that's how I was feeling aout the 224 hourglass units!

Anonymous said...

This quilt surely has the "wow" factor we all strive to accomplish! You keep amazing us with your seemingly effortless beauties! I would love to be the baby to receive that quilt!
It gives me a great idea to use all those fabrics I have been collecting (like fot about 5 years now) to one day make an "I spy" quilt for my grandchildren,I just could not find the right pattern, up till now that is! And those great black and white sashings! It is on my definitely going to be made-list.
Thank you so very much for this lovely idea.
Lotte van der Linden,
lottelinden@hotmail.com

Andra Gayle said...

It is FABULOUS!!!

Alycia said...

I love it!!! Almost worth having a new baby for... nahhhh SO very cute!!

Lee Ann said...

That sashing MAKES the quilt. This is going to be one awesome quilt when it's done.

Cathy said...

It may be intense piecing for the sashing, but it is perfect, absolutely perfect for this quilt, and therefore totally worth it. It makes the star blocks, and their fun centers stand out strong.

Rebecca said...

Love the sashing! Really pulls the quilt together.

Sandra in the UK said...

What a great idea for a child's quilt. The bright colours and the checkerboard sashing go so well together. I might have to put that on my to-make wishlist!

Debra Robinson said...

Wow Bonnie. That's the perfect answer for sashings! Looks fabuloushes! I'm sure it will be greatly Loved by the little Boy......Debra in Ma.

YankeeQuilter said...

I have some of that Scotty dog fabric! Love the black and white checkerboard!

Brenda Cregger said...

I love the black and white checkerboard. But you can use it only as the outter boarder and use plan colors inside all different to make it a bit easier.

debbie m said...

Let me precede my comment with I think it looks awesome! but since you were trying to keep it a little less piecing intensive...What if you used the black and white in a double strip of sashing instead of the checkerboard, which would cut your sashing piecing down to 2 pieces per and kind of frame each star by turning the sashing so black touched all for sides of one block and white the next (like in a Warm Wishes quilt)...or elongated 4-patches of black and white, which would cut the piecing to 4 pieces from 16! Then you could use the checker board as a border.
I thought the above comment from Brenda was what I was thinking...but just almost.

Kim said...

Too darn cute....that will be one well loved quilt.
What a great gift :0)!

Happy Sewing

Janet O. said...

You nailed it, Bonnie! The perfect finish!

Sølvi's blog said...

his looks so great. Do you know there migth be a black and white checkerbord fabric at the fabric-store?

Wendy said...

Sooo cute!!!

JoanieinNC said...

It is going to be a darling quilt! The baby's little eyes are going to pop with delight! The black and white checkerboard sashing really make the quilt sing! I have been inspired and now know what I may do for a baby boy quilt that I have been asked to make.

Judy D in WA said...

It's perfect Bonnie. I am going to pull out my novelties and my blacks and my black/whites....I am making this quilt! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Eons ago, when I was on AOL's quilt board, they called me the psycotic piecer because I NEVER went the easy route! Seems like we are sister after all! LOL. I LOVE the pieced sashing.

Kelly said...

Perfect! I've struggled with sashes a lot - I've got to remember this idea. This had to be a "Eureka!" moment!

Leeann said...

That's the type of colours I use for kids quilts. Then people usually say gee it's bright! Like somethings wrong with that and I say yes that's exactly how I want it. They look at me like I'm crazy! But I don't do pastels for babies either.
So from the ramble I'm saying I love it. ;-)

Tricia said...

LOVE.IT! That is about the cutest thing I have seen in a long time!!!!

bingo~bonnie said...

Oh Bonnie! This is even MORE perfect than I knew it would be. I was thinking B/W stripes but your checkerboard style 4-patches are PERrrrrFECT!

The baby will be drawn to this quilt very early as you are right that the see B/W contrast first - yet nothing about this quilt looks "babyish" so it will remain a loyal drag around companion for many years!

Hope you enjoyed your "Me" time massage. :)

Love from Indiana! ~bonnie

Michelle said...

I really like this quilt !
Can't wait to see it finished.

leu2500 said...

Such a fun, bright quilt. The checkerboard is worth it IMO and gives the quilt a Mary Englebreit feel.

Patchwork Penguin said...

Way cool!!!

Marj said...

The B&W checkered slashing really makes a happy bright quilt. Looks like another winner!

AlthemeseB said...

OMG!!! What a beautiful quilt! Baby will love it for many, many years to come.

cityquilter said...

adorable! brings to mind yvonne porcella and her ultra-colorful quilts!

Laura said...

Perfect!

Anonymous said...

Perfect, I say. What a keepsake.
Maryella

Shirley in Canada said...

I only wish I could mix/match as well you do, Bonnie! Everyone you put together is always just right!

Karin said...

Oh! That is so cotton picking cute! That sashing is simply the perfect addition! I love the way it frames those darling stars and just makes them pop! Clever!

Julie Fukuda said...

I made a bright busy baby quilt for one of my adopted grandsons who was born nearly blind with cataracts. After his surgery, my daughter said he ccouldn't stop looking at it even when he was supposed to be going to sleep. I think the busier the better!

scraphappy said...

Amazing lattice strips! I liked the star blocks before. But I LOVE the quilt with those strips added. SO worth the extra time.

madakamom said...

Bonnie! I LOVE it!

Now I need another grandbaby to make one for! LOL!....but I can wait!

Ray and Jeanne said...

The black and white checkerboard is perfect! I would never have though of that. And I'm doing a baby quilt where the sashing is up in the air - hmmm, maybe this will work for me! ~Jeanne

Brenda said...

I LOVE that quit!!! Love it - and the baby will too!!! It's perfect! And what do you mean you didn't want to do piecing?? your not!! You are making sashingn and sometimes that has to be done like a checker board - Babies like that, and so do I!!

(after all, you are making us, who are doing the mytery make a whole lot of tiny blks for Step one and, that IS piecing!!) ;-)

And no, I am not complaining, but the checkerboard would be faster!!!

I think this project above is wounderful!!! Love those stars and the I spy aspect!! Fun, Fun,Fun and even more Fun!!

Claudia said...

Yes, yes, yes to the checkerboard border. That quilt will be appreciated well past babyhood with its jazzy, boy energy and look. Brilliant again, Bonnie.

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

So you suffer from over-board piecing...the quilt is lookin' good. Hope you had a great massage.

Beth said...

The black and white checkerboard is just perfect. It really sets off all the fab blocks.

Becky's Bees said...

The pieced sashing looks fantastic...it obviously feeds your "piecing compulsion"...LOL
Have a great day and enjoy the massage...you are definitely worth it! With as much time as you have to spend "slaving" over the sewing machine, think of your massage time as a gift to yourself!

miss jamee said...

another home run! u go girl!

Vivian said...

O.k., I take back my previous comment--that sashing looks great! The black and white really makes the blocks pop! And lets not forget the timesaver you mentioned of not having to match points. Definitely a whoop, whoop on this one!

Hope the massage was deep and relaxing!

diegoagogo said...

Love the quilt! Especially the black & white & brightness.
In Australia, even though "stain" is the first word a Mama learns, the second is "Napisan" (a powder bleach product that does not remove colour, soak overnight, then wash) so all white quilts are great!
I always had a bucket of Napisan at the ready when my son was little, heck I still do LOL.
Can't wait to see it finished, have a great massage. I love having massages, so good for getting the kinks out.
Cheers
Lush x

Natasha said...

The black and white makes a perfect border!

creativedawn said...

Awesome, spectacular looking quilt there, Bonnie! That child is going to love the black and white and then the color explosion! The kid in me does, lol!

hugz
Pam

Luana Sanders said...

Really great looking!!!

Tinliz said...

Bonnie,
You may not have wanted to do over-board piecing, but your over-pieced boarder makes the quilt. Love it.

Angie @ Summerfield Quilts said...

It's perfect.