I started out about 6 months ago knowing I wanted to make some black/red/white thing for the new baby but didn't really know what. This was really easy to put together. I cut and laid the 4.5" blocks out last night, I started sewing it this morning and finished it up this evening. This is with big gaps of taking care of kids and cooking and stuff too.
It measures 36"x31" finished. I meandering top stitched the top and batting together and hand sewn the binding onto the backing. I used black thread for the top stitching, I've found that white can make the color look faded and I wanted this to maintain the color. The back is white terry cloth, not the cuddliest but I wanted this for more of a play mat than a snuggly blankie. I thought the terry would be absorbant and wash up well.
I appliqued 3 large squares on the back from michael millers fabrics. Some of the fabrics are MM line others are just black/white/red combo's I either had or picked up for this project.
Now my little 11 week baby boy, Max, can be properly stimulated.
I can use it as a blanket, play mat for the floor, drape it over the back of the car seat so he can look at it in the car, etc.