I finished up sewing the binding down on my Chocolate Sanctuary baby quilt last night and am super pleased with how it turned out. I used this pattern from Hyacinth Quilt Designs, and cannot be happier with this pattern. I have even turned over in my mind shrinking the dimensions of this quilt in to mini form for a doll quilt or a pillow, more projects and ideas to add to my list.
I was a little unsure of how and what I wanted to use to quilt this. With there being so much of that rich chocolate brown color, I was worried the lighter thread color would look too "in your face" I decided to change things up a bit and used a light aqua for the quilting (as opposed to my standby white that I usually use) and think it turned out quite nicely. The quilting certainly stands out, but isn't distracting in the least (at least I think).
I am also so incredibly please and proud to say that this quilt came ENTIRELY from my stash! I only had to purchase batting, which is on sale at Joann's by the way :-) Even the backing was from stash. I had a good bit of this animal Kate Spain Central Park print left over from Adam's quilt and thought this would be perfect backing, as the colors are very similar to those used in the quilt top.
I just can't get enough of those adorable animals. My "baby quilt fabric stash" is seriously depleted, so I think this means some fabric shopping is in order! I also really like how the aqua really shows up against the white of the quilt back. I'm going to have to keep in mind using light colored thread for the quilting in the future.
This quilt will be going to baby Paul, who has had a slightly rough start of things, spending some time in the NICU. Hopefully this quilt will help say Welcome Home!
Quilt Name: Chocolate Sanctuary baby quilt
Size: 44" x 44" square
Fabrics Used: Kona Chocolate, Kona White, an assortment of prints including: Denyse Schmidt Picnics and Fairgrounds, Kate Spain Central Park, Joel Dewberry, Robert Kaufman Metro Living, among others
Binding: 100% Machine attached, Denyse Schmidt, Picnics and Fairgrounds
Quilting: All over meandering stipple in aqua Gutterman thread