This is not your typical baby blue quilt. I thought a little outside the box here. A new baby boy plus wintry North Dakota plus a hunting family yields one cozy flannel quilt with wild animals in warm colors. It does look snuggly, doesn’t it? Perfect for the special baby in this cold month of January.
I have a book with adorable baby and children’s quilt patterns, Little Quilts 4 Little Kids, by Heather Mulder Peterson (here). With all the fun patterns, you will enjoy using this book over and over. I’ve made several and usually refer to this book first when searching for ideas. Here are some of the details for the quilt and photos to show you how to make the hourglass block (the blocks that run along the outside edge of the quilt).
The pattern I used was entitled “Puppy Love”. I didn’t applique the puppy or bones, but simply used the blocks as a springboard to highlight the bear/deer/moose fabric and the surrounding deer quilt pattern which I designed to compliment the fabric. This pattern suited my needs perfectly and worked well in size and yardage as I had lots of flannel scraps in my stash.
I bought the bear/deer/moose fabric at JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, as well as the solid cream, black and the brown/black plaid (which I also used for the backing). I had planned on using only these fabrics but realized as I worked on it that it was quite boring. I needed more interest so I started looking through my stash and found just enough color and pattern to add the variety I needed. I even added some muted cranberry red and teal but it somehow worked, especially since each hourglass block in the book yields two identical blocks so I was able to distribute the color around the outside edge.
This pattern was very easy but I wanted to show you step-by-step photos of the hourglass block, in case you haven’t made this block before.
TO MAKE THE HOURGLASS BLOCK:
1. Cut two squares of contrasting fabrics as specified in the pattern (these were 9 3/4″). Lay the squares right sides together, matching edges.
2. Lay a ruler diagonally on the square, corner to corner. Draw a line. Line up 1/4″ mark on ruler with the line you just drew. Draw a line. Repeat on the other side of drawn line. You should have a center line (runs at the perfect diagonal on the square) with a 1/4″ line on each side of the center.
Please note: I didn’t draw the center line in this photo. What is shown are the two 1/4″ lines.
3. Sew along each 1/4″ line. See photo.
4. Cut along center line. You now have two squares with two colors. (These are called “half-square triangles”). Open up square and press. I prefer to press my seams open, especially with the bulky flannel fabric. You press it the way you prefer.
5. On the back of one of the blocks, draw three lines as before: a center line, and one on each side 1/4″ away. Please note: the picture only shows two lines. I didn’t draw my center line. Also note you may have to use two different colored marking pencils if your fabrics are highly contrasting.
6. Line up two blocks, right sides together, making sure to turn one of the blocks so the contrasting colors are on top of each other. You can see in the photo that under the black side lays the rust and vice versa. Be sure to perfectly line up that center seam with the center seam below. Pin.
7. Sew along the two 1/4″ lines.
8. Go ahead and peek to see if your corners meet at the center. If they do, the next step is to lay it back down and cut on the center line. If they do not meet very well at the center, you may need to undo your seam and re-sew. No big deal, really. It’s better to have a nice center!
Cut if you are satisfied after peeking at your center seams. Press open, using your favorite pressing technique. (To one side or open seams).
9. After pressing, your hourglass blocks are complete. Not hard at all and they look great!
Have fun with this; think outside the box. The book shows an appliqued dog and bones using red, green, gray and yellow fabrics. It’s adorable! I loved the pattern but made it my own with black, cream, gold and brown with red and teal to boot. There is no limit! I highly recommend this book and hope you have fun with it too.