|Midnight Wolf applique pattern on Building Blocks pattern background|
Isn't he cute? The background in the original pattern is just a single length of fabric, but I wanted more color than that. I don't know if the baby is a boy or a girl, and I don't know the parents well enough to know if they feel strongly about colors being gender-specific, so I was stuck for a little while. I thought about green and orange, and maybe a little yellow, but didn't know exactly how to pull it all together.
Two weeks ago, my husband and I took a little mini-vacation to Decorah, Iowa, and stopped at Red-Roxy Quilt Company. Didn't they just happen to have a baby quilt made up in just those colors? Hubby agreed it would make a great backdrop for the white dog, so I bought the pattern, Building Blocks by MacKay Manor Musers. I didn't want to make it as a quilt as you go pattern as written, and it isn't complicated to draft, but I didn't come up with the layout on my own either so I paid for the pattern. I think the designers deserve that as they did come up with what I thought was perfect for my purpose when I couldn't come up with something suitable out of thin air myself.
Piecing a crib size quilt took very little time with these lovely big chunks of fabric. Two evenings and voilà!
|Here it is before I added sashing|
While I was positioning the pieces for applique, the head ended up tilted a bit compared to the original layout in the Midnight Wolf pattern. I thought that cocked head looked friendlier and more playful, so I left it that way.
|Wolf-turned dog with straight head and cocked head|
So, the dog is sewn to the background, and now it occurs to me that this quilt is a bit too big for a baby quilt! I want to add thin borders to match the sashing, so the finished size would be 47" x 62". I think I might take off the top row of blocks and make the quilt 47" square. Or not. I do like a larger baby quilt to give lots of room for baby's tummy time and so the baby can keep using it into the toddler years. But 62" is perhaps too much...I think I need to sleep on it and reconsider in the morning.