Back in January I was asked by my cousins to make a little quilt for their now 1-year-old son Jonas using a printed panel they had. This is a one-of-a-kind panel printed for artist Betsy Olmsted. You can check out her site and wonderful artwork here. I wasn't quite sure what to do with the panel and thought about it for a while. The colors are a little unusual for me (not a spot of purple anywhere!), and I wanted to keep it modern. I decided that I would simply add a border around it using my Creative Grids 8" Scrap Crazy templates.
I visited a local quilt shop called The Quilting Needle to to find fabrics for this project because they have a lot of modern style prints. The panel is a knit kind of fabric, so I had to stabilize it like you would for a t-shirt quilt. Just a little math was required in this piecing design. The sides, top, and bottom of the panel needed to be divisible by 8" since that is the size of the border blocks. I trimmed the panel to 24.5" x 32.5" (the extra 0.5" is added in for the seam allowances). Making those 8" Scrap Crazy blocks was a snap, I quilted it with a design called Be Bop that wasn't too dense. The backing is plush gray minky that is so snuggly soft!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this little quilt. Maybe you've even been inspired to get those Scrap Crazy templates and give them a try. Such an easy way to add something to a printed panel!
Next weekend my mom, aunts and I will be having Quilt Camp 2017. We are getting so excited, and I'll be sure to take some pictures so you can see what we are making this year. Happy quilting, friends, and I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!