Happy New Year everyone! I wanted to start the new year post with my my only remaining 2014 creation, a final, but oh-so-cute Christmas gift.
Here’s where I decided to reuse The Basic Baby Quilt Tutorial by Knitty Bitties found on Thirty Handmade Days. My four year old niece loves My Little Pony and has a huge collection of the little figurines. When I spotted this fabric online I knew it would be perfect for a quilt!
Since there is only 1 cotton and 1 fleece print, I decided the straight line quilt would be the best option. 1, I could show large, uncut, portions of the cotton print and 2, buy coordinating solids for the rest of the front. The fleece print I decided to be the main part of the back since it’s large and bold, plus warm and cozy too! I utilized my polka dot stash fabric to complete the back and binding.
I found accent solids in plum, purple, pink, and green. The green and purple, you’ll notice appear darker in the middle, then lighten out to the ends. When I purchased these, of course they were folded in half on the bolt and I liked that it had this quality, but not really realizing the dark started in the middle of the fabric. I also went off memory when looking for the solids…while it doesn’t match the print exactly, I think the tonal qualities make it work. The polka-dot binding helped lighten the over-all tone of this quilt, which had me worried at first.
The stars on the cotton print inspired me to add free-motion quilting stars around the ponies — and what’s even better — they glow in the dark! How fun is that!? I used Superior Thread’s NiteLite ExtraGlow thread in pastel purple. The rest was straight line quilted with regular polyester thread on either side of the strip seams.My niece received this for her Christmas present, along with her matching whale plushie ❤ Her little sister, who’s still crawling, sprawled out and wiggled on the cozy fleece side. I think they will both enjoy this quilt for years to come.