Cotton & Steel Plus Quilt for Baby – Blogger’s Quilt Festival

I’m participating in Amy’s (at Amy’s Creative Side) Blogger’s Quilt Festival for Spring 2015 and entering my latest finish to the small quilts category.
Since seeing Cotton & Steel fabrics, I’ve been trying to come up with a reason that I needed to buy some of the beautiful fabric.  And finally, the perfect reason came along.  My sister in law is having a baby soon and they don’t know if it is a boy or a girl.  I needed to find some fabric that would work for either and Beach House Remix was it!  Not only does the color scheme work perfectly but even the name of the fabric line is perfect.  We often meet up with my husband’s family at a beach house in Ocean City, Maryland in the summers (and Christmas time too).  Our kids love to go to Nana’s beach house and hang out with their cousins and hopefully we’ll get to meet their newest cousin at the beach house this summer.
I wanted a quilt design that showcased the fabric and was pretty simple.  The plus quilt has been on my list of patterns to try out and I used a great tutorial from the blog for the love of George.  This fabric spent the least amount of time of any of my fabric just “sitting around.”  As soon as I got the package in the mail, I was ready to cut into it and make a quilt.  It was such a fun and quick quilt to make.
No time sitting on the shelf for this fabric...can't wait to make a quilt with it!

No time sitting on the shelf for this fabric…can’t wait to make a quilt with it!

For the backing fabric, I visited a somewhat local quilt store for the first time – Inspire Quilting & Sewing (in Plant City, FL).  I buy most of my fabric online but its always a pleasure to see the beautiful fabric in person.  And while this shop had some Cotton & Steel selection, I decided to go with a simple gray dot that was modern and neutral at the same time – Whitewashed Cottage Pebble Faded Dots by 3 Sisters for Moda.  The binding was a fun find in my stash.  After looking the quilt over (I usually decide on binding after the quilt top is finished) I knew I wanted to use a mint green to match some of the Cotton & Steel fabrics.  I checked out the greens in my stash and just happened to have a matching mint green fabric that I got visiting my family in Maine one year.  (Mardens is an awesome discount store with older lines of fabric that I visit every summer to stock up on fabric.)  The quilt size is 38″ x 52″.
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I took the photos at the Air Force Base near me.  I was heading there for a quilt group meeting and stopped by the beach/running path to take photos.  The sun was too bright and I used my iPhone but I took them anyway because the scene was too pretty not to.  And while taking them, I met an actual photographer who is an expert in using light and felt pretty amateur but it was fun to talk to her.  She helped me use the reflected light to take the last photo where the colors are more true than the sun-washed photos (although still not a great shot).
This quilt is heading into the mail very soon.  Baby is due at the end of May!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting my quilt and corner of the web.

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