I love quilts. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of having a big wooden chest, filled with cozy blankets and beautiful quilts to keep my family warm. So I couldn't quite believe my luck when I married a man whose Mother makes the most beautiful hand stitched quilts. While I do not have the patience to hand stitch a quilt together, I have always intended on making a quilt (or two) for our baby. There is a whole lot of inspiration on the wonderful web when it comes to quilts (particularly this blog), and a while back I created a quilt inspiration board on Pinterest. For the most part, I pinned quite simple patterns, as it was far more realistic that I might actually start and finish a quilt in time for our baby's arrival if I didn't try something too complicated. True to form, I left it a little close to my due date to start and finish this quilt, but sometimes a little deadline helps to get the ball rolling.
The original pattern for this quilt comes from See Kate Sew and was brilliantly clear and easy to follow. I altered it ever so slightly, just to reduce the size of the quilt, but otherwise, I just followed the pattern on Kate's blog. I loved the fact that this quilt accommodates babies' ability to distinguish between strong contrast, rather than colours, as well as being beautiful. The fabrics I ended up using aren't as effective in creating the contrast that Kate's quilt does, but I still love it. I purchased all of the fabrics above from Poppy Patchwork, a wonderful local fabric shop that I love - you can also place orders online if you don't live locally. I also included some pink silk fabric that was left over from our wedding bunting, and the dark grey fabric was originally a pillowcase that I found for £1 in a second hand shop.
The method for making this quilt is very simple - cut up a whole lot of triangles, stitch together in rows, then stitch the rows together until you have a completed quilt top.