Friday, May 28, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival--Blue Clear Sky


This post is part of the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Click on the image at the bottom of this post to see the other participating blogs

Blue Clear Sky


Last fall, I had just pulled my new craft room together. I was beginning work on a wonky rainbow squares quilt, just to get back in the swing of things, when a friend announced she was pregnant. She is an electrical engineer who works on small aircraft and was in the middle of getting her private pilots license, so I instantly knew just what the little one needed--a quilt with planes. Flickr lead me to Badskirt's freeform airplane block tutorial and I knew this quilt was meant to be. Nine months later my friend is on the verge of holding both her new daughter and this quilt. The quilt will arrive tomorrow (shhhh ; ) and the babe sometime next month. It's been killing me to keep radio silence on this project, so I will posting my process from initial concept through completion over the next week or two.* For this post, let's focus on the end result.

The front is shown above. (Modeled by my ever patient husband whom I rousted out of bed in the morning to serve as a quilt holder so I could take pictures in the morning light.)

The back is below. (See his bare feet? The poor man was still in his bathrobe. Don't get between this quilter and her photos!)
Blue Clear Sky


In my mind this is the perfect baby quilt--gender neutral, bright, cheerful, and cool enough to grow up with. I also snuck in a few color wheel lessons, so it's educational as well! ; ) And there are fuzzy, fleece clouds for the extra cuddly snuggly factor.



*The posts are now up! You can get the full scoop in the following posts:
Concept
Piecing
Quilting
Binding and Finishing

23 comments:

  1. I love it, especially the back!

    What are the darker blue stripes on the front?

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  2. How creative, my son would LOVE it, he is obsessed with airplanes (or vroom vrooms.) I especially like the back, it makes it extra special, I am sure the mom to be will LOVE it!

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  3. This is adorable! And we're having an air show here today, so I read your post to the accompaniment of jets roaring overhead.

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  4. Sunneschii--Thanks! The darker blue stripes are just decorative. There's a center section of planes, then a "border" of planes flying around it. The stripes are part of that border. It would probably make a bit more sense if that border was framed with two thin dark blue borders. I'll talk about some of those decisions in the upcoming posts.

    Marci--Thank you! I like for my quilt backs to be just as special as the front, but in this case, the back may outshine the front. : ) The block is super easy to put together and versatile enough to use just about anywhere.

    Piecemeal--Perfect timing then! : ) And thank you.

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  5. This is just fantastic! It's going to make a lovely baby quilt that will grow with the child!

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  6. What a great quilt! And a wonderful husband!

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  7. Great quilt! My sons would love it!

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  8. Love it. Like the color wheel within the plane concept. Great idea.

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  9. Rita--he's a keeper for sure. : )

    Monika--Thank you!

    Carol--It's that art background sneaking out. : ) Thank you.

    Tove--Thanks!

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  10. Love this quilt - especially the planes on the back with the trails!

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  11. What a great quilt! My granddaughter would love it - she's a huge airplane fan.

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  12. adorable quilt! i love it. sooo creative. love love love it.

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  13. That is a great quilt!

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  14. What a wonderful quilt!!! I love all the planes and how fun that they are found flying on the back too :o) What a wodnerful gift this is.

    haha loved that your hubby was such a willing helper :o) bare feet and all :o) and love your humor!

    ..I am off today so will hopefully get to some others on the quilt fest. I have some drawing orders to work on and then clean house... Now that our children are grown and my hubby and I are empty nesters, I can't be a "stay at home mom", but I would love to be a stay at home wife :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    If you have a moment to come over, please let me know by leaving a comment at my post. It was fun meeting you!

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  15. This turned out great and I love the back!

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  16. I love this quilt! The back is so cute!

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  17. What a fun quilt! The back is almost as pretty as the front. :-)

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  18. True boy quilts so hard to come by...well done.
    I like the photograph...great feet!

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  19. What a great design to make for your friends baby! Radio silence and hubby's bare feet made me smile. I enjoy your sense of fun and whimsy demonstrated in your quilt and this post! ; ) Thanks for sharing.

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  20. nice one indeed...i came here following your comment on badskirtamy's tutorial

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