Saturday, November 20, 2010

Monkeyshines

So naturally, since I have committed myself to four projects between now and New Year's Eve, a new project has come to the table. I'm happy to take on this new project but this is exactly why I am so reluctant to make major commitments!

My elder son's long time friend married earlier in the year. Now the couple has a new baby boy and my son asked if I would make a quilt for him. Of course I will! He'd like them to receive it for Christmas. Hoo boy. While we've known this young man for many years we never really got to know him. DS gave me a list of potential jumping off points but nothing specific.

I went to my favorite quilting books and spent time looking at pictures of baby quilts on Flickr.com. At bedtime that night I was looking through Jan Mullen's Cut Loose Quilts and came across this little quilt:


I've never made one like this, where you don't make blocks per se. The stars are created from what you do to the sashing. One of the suggestions DS gave me was that his friend's mother is from Jamaica and that I could incorporate the colors of the Jamaican flag in the quilt. I looked at this quilt pattern and thought it would be lovely done up with yellows in the background and green for the star points/sashing. The center squares will be assorted black and white prints like it is in Jan's version. This color palette was sealed when I found this delightful print:

I can put a border around the stars to make the quilt just that much bigger and therefore it will be useful that much longer. Hurray!

So far I have the background patches cut.


It's going to be a very green weekend. :- )

4 comments:

Michele Bilyeu said...

Oh, this is going to be SO cute. Don't feel pressured now, you know they'll love it whenever it gets done! I let go of all of the have to's and then just had fun. Enjoy every single bit of this monkey arounding!

A Creative Dream... said...

Well, you know Sue... the good news is that there are 35 days until Christmas...

ROZ said...

Good news--a new baby! I love Jan Mullen, and have made about three different quilts from her books and patterns.

Nifty Quilts said...

Looks like it's going to be a fun quilt!