Quilting Time! This time I worked on a quilt for my 5 year old nephew. His request was that it have blue, and dinosaurs – specifically a stegosaurus.
The first step was to choose the quilt pattern. I am a huge Pinterest addict, and through search “Modern Quilt” and variations thereof, found a pin to this website: http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/2016/07/palisades-quilt.html. I loved the way that she simplified the original free(!!) pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop (https://www.fatquartershop.com/media/wysiwyg/pdf/Palisades-Pattern.pdf).
I used the simplified version and did a workup of what the general pattern would look like in the colours I planned. Of course, I did change up the colours somewhat (essentially switched the blue and white parts).
The requirement for blue and dinosaurs proved to be surprisingly difficult to deliver. I wanted the dinosaur fabric to be able to grow with him, so the super cartoon-ish and pre-schooler patterns weren’t going to work. (Hey, is it so wrong for me to want some time before he’s ready for a new one?)
As I tend to do a fair amount of online pre-shopping, I sometimes find it frustrating that the local quilt and fabric stores do not post their inventory online. Which inevitably means I wander into US fabric websites. I really envy those who are able to shop from those sites and qualify for free shipping and don’t feel the sting of currency conversion. I was able to find a really great smaller fabric shop called “Never Enough Fabric” that had exactly the type of dinosaur print I was looking for. Even though it was an order across borders, the process what surprisingly pleasant, and Celia was great to order from.
I took this fabric into a local quilt store and purchased the solid blue and geometric prints to go along with it.
The total fabric requirements based on the 3 colour version is as follows:
- Dinosaur Print – 2.75 Yds plus one Fat Quarter (I actually ordered 4 yards so that I could do fussy cutting)
- Light Colour – 3 Yds
- Dark Colour – 2 Yds
With the exception of the centrepiece, all blocks are Brave World Quilt blocks. To make a Brave World Quilt Block:
I honestly wasn’t sure how this would turn out – I don’t prefer “traditional” looking quilts right now and was worried it would end up that way. However, I really like it, and would definitely use the pattern again.