Then, a few weeks ago, I received my first custom order! My customer wanted the Beach House Remix baby quilt in a picnic sized quilt. Luckily I was still able to find a fat quarter bundle of the fabric and I got to work!
I decided to increase the overall size of the blocks to make the quilt bigger. The baby sized quilt blocks finish at 3.5″ square and I increased the block size to finish at 5″ square to get similar proportions.
I offered a few different options for backing fabric to my customer and she chose a wideback fabric from Angela Walters Drawn line (which is getting harder and harder to find). Initially it wasn’t the option I was leaning towards but once I got the fabric, I realized how perfect it was for the quilt. The wavy pattern reflects the easy going beachy colors of the front as well as the modern feel.
When I was ready to put the quilt sandwich together, I realized that I didn’t order enough backing fabric! So frustrating. I wanted the wave pattern to be horizontal on the back but I didn’t think about the direction of the fabric in relation to the selvage when ordering, so I was about 5 inches short in length! This is the second time I’ve made this mistake – for some reason it’s programmed backwards in my brain. Good thing I like the backing so much because it will make an appearance on another, slightly smaller quilt.
I originally thought to go with a similar binding as the baby quilt but it didn’t work with the backing so I chose a simple Kona Navy. It frames the quilt nicely and looks great with the backing.
I brought the baby quilt and picnic quilt to my tennis match last week to take pictures. The park was beautiful and after tennis I grabbed some shots. My tennis partner helped me and at one point we thought we could hop over a little fence to one of the fields…bad idea! It looked so simple, but hamstrings were tested. We found an open gate on the way back.
I was very excited to send this off to my customer and she told me she has already had a picnic on it! It was lovely to work with these gorgeous Cotton & Steel fabrics (again) plus a few others I added to get to the size I needed.
Quilt Stats (may contain affiliate links)
Size: 65″ x 75″
Pattern: Plus Quilt – modified from For the Love of George’s tutorial
Quilt Top Fabrics: Remix Beach House 16 Fat Quarter Bundle Cotton + Steel
Backing Fabric: Angela Walters Drawn Wavy in Storm
Binding Fabric: Kona Navy
Batting: Mountain Mist Cream Rose 100% Cotton Needled Batting
Quilting: Straight Line Quilting on either side of the seams, vertically & horizontally