I have a good friend named Jen who recently had a baby boy. She was actually at my house the day before she went into labor - this also happened with her second born. Apparently pregnant women need to visit me if they want to have their babies soon.... Anyway, she is a quilter too - so the pressure was on to create something fun and unique for her newest child.
After completing a major patchwork square quilt recently - I knew I had to do something different than simple squares, but I wanted to still go simple. My brain has been really fried lately with not getting enough sleep, being housebound with sick children, and feeling the post-holiday, mid-winter blues.... Enter the strip quilt:
No, it's not entirely strips - but it's still a pretty easy pattern to slap together. I used a Robert Kaufman juvenile print entitled: Mixed Menagerie from Pink Light Design by Elissa Hudson- as my focus print. I also used one of my most favorite boy fabrics- Numbers in Citrus from the RK Modern Robin Zingone collection. (Sorry to get all label-y here, but these are two fun fabrics for boys that aren't too nursery or gimmicky- so I figure it would be nice for people to know what they are!). The other fabrics are from my stash.
Here's a picture of the back (I had accidently cut too many strips for the front - so the pieced back is a little more "detailed" than I normally go - only because I am lazy like that):
I did a little bit of straight line quilting and a bit of stippling to put the quilt together. I tried spray basting for the first time with this quilt and it went well.
I still have at least two more baby boy quilts I want to make soon and I am not sorry to have them on my "to do" list - it's a lot of fun!