Sweet Sawtooth Basket Baby Quilt

Nawal was born on July 1st to a very happy colleague of mine, and she is the absolute sweetest thing! With her in mind, I found a cute baby pink print with the sweetest birds and flowers, and decided to mix it with Kona natural and some other fabrics. From my stash I’ve found quite a few prints that were leftovers from the Bright and Bubbly quilt that work nicely.

Here’s a list of what I’ve used so far:

  • Kona Natural
  • Sole by Valori Wells for Free Spirit (bright orange)
  • Sole by Valori Wells for Free Spirit (blue/green)
  • Hot Blossom by Josephine Kimberling for Robert Kaufman
  • Fanciful Flight by Hoffman Fabrics
  • Freebird by Momo for Moda

I’m starting to get the hang of EQ7. Its a really great tool for realizing ideas, and for documenting the design process. Its also quite practical, especially for fabric calculation, and printing templates and fabric shopping lists. No more guesswork when I get to the quilt store, and fewer leftover bits to squirrel away. My stash does not love this; my wallet does 😉

I’ve been so inspired by Denise Schmidt’s latest book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. She really got me thinking of modernizing the traditional block, so I came up with my own version of a sawtooth block quilt. The first draft below is my favourite, but I felt it would be too busy with the prints I had in mind, so I modified it a bit to a simpler design and palette. The design is a combination of a basket weave pattern and sawtooth block. However, I will keep the first draft for a future quilt with solids…

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Here is a sneak peak of the quilt front in progress. Pardon the photos, it’s been dismally cloudy these last few days – great for the plants outside, but not for my photos! But the rain has been welcomed, it’s quite dry this summer, and with the last 4 days of rain, the neighborhood is looking lush and green again.

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I’m debating whether to add a border, maybe in a purple? I’m also playing with the following fabrics for a pieced quilt backing:

  • Hopscotch for Red Rooster Fabrics
  • Fanciful Flight by Hoffman Fabrics
  • Freebird by Momo for Moda
  • Cat’s Secret Garden by Susan Brack for P & B Textiles

Decisions, decisions, decisions….

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