Triangles - Pattern Reveal
Greetings, dear readers. Thank you for coming back for another week! This week is the last in our Triangles Series for a while. I’ll be revealing the poll winners and the triangle layouts you have selected for my two baby quilts!
The first one is for the first how-to where I did larger triangles in the blue/grey and yellow fabrics. You can go back and read all about that method by clicking here, and see all of the options I presented by clicking here.
My friends, you could not have steered me wrong if you tried, but I have to say that your selection is absolutely perfect. It matches the one I secretly wanted to do myself! Drumroll please…
You selected the OFFSET DIAMOND layout!
I am so excited for this quilt now that I have a direction. I currently have three friends who are pregnant. One with a boy, and two with mystery babies. So I need to make 2 gender-neutral quilts, and one boy quilt! However, to me, this one is screaming for a pink border, so I think I might make it a girl quilt and keep it in reserve for the next girl baby that comes my way. I just can’t resist!
The next reveal is for the second demonstration. For that one, I made smaller triangles in a darker color palette. The how-to is still up for you here, and the options for the layout were actually posted just last week. You can see those by clicking here.
Unlike the first triangle quilt, I didn’t really have a secret preference for this batch of triangles. I was so, so torn that I truly needed the help from you readers! It seems that you all were not nearly as torn as I was.
It was a decisive victory for.... the pinwheel layout!
And you know what? I love it. It’s traditional, tried-and-true, and playful and lovely for a baby quilt! Now that it’s decided, I could not be more sure that this is the right choice. This one is definitely going to be one of the gender-neutral quilts. I’m imagining a very dark grey border and binding. It will be a seriously cool dark and moody feeling, which will be really neat combined with the traditional pinwheel layout.
I know “dark and moody” isn’t a typical baby-quilt feeling. But I’ve always been of the mind that baby quilts don’t have to be covered in pastels and baby animals to be completely appropriate for a baby (although they certainly can be!). Honestly, to me it is more important that the parents like the quilt. The baby doesn’t know the difference!
Whenever possible, I try to do bright colors, high-contrast colors, or bold prints so the baby has some good visual stimulation and interest for “tummy time” on the quilt (good for brain development!). But that can be accomplished so many different ways, including using sophisticated/grown up fabrics and color schemes.
That being said, I’m a sucker for a good kid-specific fabric. So pastels and baby animals sneak into my designs here and there too! The point is, I don’t let myself be boxed in, and you shouldn't either!
Each project and each quilt-recipient is different, and I’m super excited that this particular baby quilt is going to be “dark and moody”. I think it will suit the parents’ tastes and should blend nicely with the forest theme they’re doing in their nursery.
Thanks so much for your help, readers! I’ll do a follow-up post down the road once I’ve actually gotten these sewn together, quilted, bound… you know, finished! Hopefully it doesn’t take me a million years, but with two small kids and a full-time day-job, I make no promises. So stay tuned! You'll be the first to know when they're done!
In the meantime, our next series for the Quilter’s Mart blog is going to be about charitable ways to use your quilting. We’re getting into the holiday season, and it is a great time to consider spreading joy any way you can. And I can think of no better way to bring joy (and warmth!) to others than through a quilt.See you next week!
- Carolyn Knees