Friday, 12 February 2016

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe MALE

As you may remember from my post about my Nurture Hope quilt, I am quite fortunate to be pregnant.  My husband and I had been holding off on doing much in terms of preparation for the baby until we took holidays back in November.  Then we got started and have been plugging away every since.  I'm going to share individual projects we embarked on over the past few months, and then a final blog post with the big reveal of the whole room. 

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe MALE

My husband and I made the decision to resist the temptation to find out the gender beforehand, and keep that for a birthday surprise.  There are so few actual surprises as an adult, so it is really nice to preserve that.  Also, it is so delightfully torturous having to wait!  Another part of the reason we like this plan is because it is fun for kids to imagine how their lives would be different had they been born in the alternate universe of the other gender.  I always found it so fascinating to imaging what my life would have been like had I been born a boy name Daniel (my parent's choice of boy name for me).  

Another part of the fun of not knowing, is that I decided to make two different quilts, a boy quilt and a girl quilt.  They are similar in their elements, but different designs, fabrics, and quilting.  

First I made the boy quilt.  I had recently purchased the Natural History collection from Lizzy House (those dinos!), and knew it would be perfect for a little boy.  Bugs, gems, dinosaurs, constellations, whales?!  What's not to love?

I took my time deciding just what I wanted to do with the fabrics, but was eventually inspired to make a plus quilt using the blue and green colourways from the fabric line.  This was a very easy, straightforward pattern to follow and make, and I think the results are very nice.  I used a white background for the pluses to allow the fabrics to really be featured.  
The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe MALE

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe MALE

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe MALE

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe MALE


I backed the quilt with a soft rosette minky in blue, and quilted with a diagonal checkerboard pattern.  I bound the quilt with satin blanket binding because it is my husband's favourite, as he had a blankie as a child with the same binding.  
The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe MALE


Up next: the girl quilt!  For now, the quilts are stacked in the closet, just waiting to see which one will be put to use!
The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe MALE