A few months ago my sister asked me to make this baby quilt for a friend. I was really happy to work on this project, because I love improvisational piecing. I made the quilt top out of 9 blocks, each a little different.
For the back, I pieced a wider strip and a narrower strip of green print fabrics. I really love fabrics that have a print on them but read as one color. I find I’m drawn to more and more of these “basics,” but I tend to use them as the main focus of the quilt instead of as an accent. Lately I’ve been starting each quilt by thinking about what color or colors I want to include and pull fabrics from my stash. There’s definitely a sorting process that happens there, and not all original choices make it into the quilt! I like to think about the range of color represented (even within a single color– for this quilt I stuck to the yellowy-green to grass green end of the spectrum of greens), and I try to pick things with different value so that there is some contrast in the quilt and your eye has a place to rest between darker prints. I love this part of the process, and I often find I pair together fabrics with light and dark values without even realizing it.
I’m so happy this quilt made its way to its new home! I love making baby quilts, they are so much more manageable than full size quilts and are so fun to play around with design!