Saturday, 13 February 2016

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe FEMALE

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 FEMALE

You've seen the Boy quilt, now let's talk girl quilt!  Like I said before, I wanted to have similar design elements for both quilts, just different actual pattern and fabric (and quilting, because I find that the pattern influences the quilting).  Selecting the fabric was easy.... Heather Ross had recently released a new fabric collection called Tiger Lily! With the cats, ballerinas and sweet florals, this is a perfect line for a girly quilt.  
The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe FEMALE

Selecting the pattern took a little more thought.  I wanted something that can utilize a white background, and was similar to the pluses of the boy quilt, but different enough that the two quilts weren't just copies of each other.  On Instagram, I was inspired to make wonky star blocks with the fabrics to combine into the quilt.  I joined a quilt-along that required making one block a week until finished, and it was a great way to stay on track.  

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe FEMALE

I backed this quilt with a pink rosette minky, and bound it with white satin blanket binding.  I quilted it using a little echo quilting around each star, and stitching along either side of the seam lines between blocks.  

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe FEMALE

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe FEMALE

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe FEMALE

I am very excited to see which of the quilts gets put into use.  Not very long to wait!!

The Homemade Nursery: Alternate Universe FEMALE
Boy quilt or girl quilt..... which will it be?!