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« on: November 06, 2013 12:38:31 PM »

This is a baby quilt for my best friend's niece! She is due in January and will be the first grandbaby, so everyone is very excited. The baby shower was last weekend so I can finally show this! I designed it using the Threadbias Design tool and it was really fun to use (although a bit of a learning curve). I've seen lots of arrow quilts, but none of them were offset and that's what I really wanted. This is just made up of simple rectangles and half square triangles.



The baby's crib set is black and cream and the mom wanted to add in pink and green. As soon as I heard that, I thought of the Comma line of fabric by Zen Chic. I'd been wanting to use that, so this was a great excuse! The colors in the line were orange, yellow, and a brighter green, so I opted to just use the black and cream prints and add in some solid Kona cotton--Bubble Gum and Tarragon are the shades.

I pieced the back from leftovers from the front. I had already run to the store twice for fabric (which is what happens when you buy fabric before you nail down your design!) so I ran a little short and didn't want to make a third trip. I made due with a small strip of solid Kona black. You can see the quilting best here. I did quilting in the ditch down the length and width of the squares, and then did double diagonal lines in just one direction.



The cool thing about designing in Threadbias is that they have tons of actual fabric lines in their database, so in my digital mockup I could put the actual fabric, instead of just a solid color. This is what my mockup looked like:



And this is the original I designed with Allyssa Thomas' line of Critter Patch fabric. It's fun to see how different a pattern can be with different fabrics.



Here is the blank pattern if anyone wants to make their own, I found it easiest after filling it in, to name each color A, B, etc and then just make a chart of how many rectangles and half square triangles I need to make of each one. The rectangles were 7.5 x 4 (I believe) and the half square triangles started at 5 inches and were trimmed down to 4 inches after being made. I can double check my measurements if anyone is interested in making this pattern. With these measurements and amount of rows and columns it's a decent sized baby quilt, I want to say about 42 inches square?

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2013 12:48:58 PM »

Lovely designs in both colorways!  I actually like your more sophisticated colors that include the black prints...thanks for the template...I would love to try an arrow pattern like that!
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2013 01:05:46 PM »

I recognized this design from your Threadbias entry! It turned out great in real life Smiley. Thanks for including that grid too. It's cool to see how you actually pieced it together to get the arrow look. You're so good.
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2013 01:18:08 PM »

Oooo, love the colors, love the pattern, love the back (as always!)
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2013 01:56:03 PM »

Lovely quilt - and I love it is all triangles and rectangles.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2013 02:04:12 PM »

Gorgeous (as always!)
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2013 02:34:29 PM »

I love everything about this quilt. The color, the design...just perfect!
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2013 03:17:56 PM »

Thank you everyone! The mom to be and grandma (and aunt, of course) were really happy with it at the shower! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2013 04:01:28 PM »

About what size is it, Mare? I want to baby quilt for a coworker.
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2013 04:06:58 PM »

I think it's about 42 inches square? I need to go find my notes to be sure, but that's pretty close at least.
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