Would I be thrilled to find a well-made, inexpensive quilt that perfectly fits the palette I’ve selected for the nursery? Yes, of course. But, despite scouring the internet, I’m still empty-handed and have decided to sew a quilt for the spare bed to match the other décor in the room.
I started with the Market + Quilt pattern you can download for free on the Cotton + Steel blog website, designed by Alexia Marcelle Abegg (one of my favorites!).
Then I customized it, adding some additional borders to increase the size and switching out the original pattern colors for my 8-color nursery palette.
The Cotton + Steel fabrics in the original pattern are gorgeous, and lots of other C+S fabrics also fit my palette, but it was less expensive to use plain Kona cottons, so that’s what I am doing. As a compromise, and as a thank you for the free pattern, I bought C+S fabric to back the quilt.
Now I just have to sew the darn thing before the baby is born! No small task with about two months left from the date the fabric is scheduled to arrive. But I really think one or two pieces will the full spectrum of colors will pull the nursery together.
What are some of your favorite DIY projects or customizations? I am continually blown away by the creativity I see online and love the idea of a personalized space, but I SO hope most projects will be less involved than this one!
A few notes on construction to speed up the process:
- I plan to chain piece the flying geese (the B&W triangles) using this tutorial. I calculated how many big squares would fit on my fabric, selvage to selvage, then determined how many rows I would need to have the total number of flying geese in the pattern. I used this number to estimate the amount of fabric I’d buy. (Math! Not just for students!)
- Similarly, I’ll use this tutorial to mass produce my half square triangles (HSTs).
If you’re interested in quilts, sewing, and other handmade projects, check out my blog on that topic, East Dakota Quilter.