Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Making a mountain

Hey, it's yet another snow day here! What is happening to our weather?  It has snowed more since mid February than it did all of the winter previous to that and we are in line for some serious snow the next few days.  So, yes, pretty much everyone has a snow day today.  Our homeowner's association even sent out a message that they wouldn't be able to pull people out of ditches in the snow, so everybody stay home and don't bother us. Really!

Since it's a snow day, I am hoping to finish off a special baby quilt before Friday.  One of my very best friends just became a grandma for the first time! Her grandson is really cute and obviously he needs a special baby quilt.  His mom and dad chose mountains and the colors gray, navy, and aqua for him, so of course I want to combine all of those for his quilt.  Here's where I am:

That's the most important part of the quilt, the mountains.  I think they look okay, don't you? And of course there is a lot of gray in there, even in the green at the bottom.

The mountain panel is pretty big, about 24 by 40, but the quilt needs to be bigger.  I want it to be about 40 by 50, and I want to incorporate some other colors.  I thought about just putting a light gray at the top and a darker gray at the bottom, but that's a little sedate for a baby, don't you think?  So I tried using some aqua and green tumblers, along with some gray ones, at the bottom:

Hmmm.  That's not good at all. I thought I would use some light blues along with the grays for the upper part, but now I'm not sure what to do.  Maybe strips instead?  Dark grays at the bottom, lighter ones at the top?  Four patches? Anyone have any other ideas?  All I know for sure is that I'm using navy for the binding.

Well, I'm sure I'll figure it out.  Half the point of experiments is to figure out what doesn't work, right? I just want it to be  really nice for the tiny boy and his folks and grand-folks.  I have the back and the batting all basted and am ready to quilt this just as soon as I figure out the front, and with a snow day I should get it worked out really soon.  I also made these baby blankets for the little man, which are supposed to coordinate with his quilt:

Those are really cute, aren't they? I was surprised by how many different grays there were to choose from in the baby section of the flannels.  Who knew?

Hope everyone stays safe in the different weather events happening right now.  Before I head back to the sewing room, I need to ask you all to head over to Preeti's blog (right HERE) for a very important post.  She's hosting a fundraiser for a special little boy and offering some prizes for participation. There are also pretty quilty pictures, but the story will really touch your heart, so be sure to hop over and read it and consider donating.

Of course, if you have good ideas about the mountains quilt, send them along!  Otherwise, stay safe!

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Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Your mountains are fabulous! Very cold here in our part of Canada; luckily that doesn’t affect stitching. LOL

Angela said...

Love you mountains!

Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

Beautiful mountains! And thanks for the link to Preeti's blog and the fundraiser

Bernie Kringel said...

The mountains are pretty. I am unsure how I would expand it. It would be fairly easy to build up the sky on the top with various light blue fabrics. I don't know about the bottom tho. That sort of project doesn't come easily to me. I know you will figure out the solution tho!

piecefulwendy said...

We're expecting more snow this weekend too. I'm hoping it passes us by, because I have places I need to be this weekend. I don't know what to tell you about expanding the quilt, but maybe a mix of blues at the bottom of the mountains to mimic a mountain stream? Just a thought.

MissPat said...

Great start. How about adding some more blue strips to the sky and add a yellow sun. I agree with Wendy, that some water under the mountain would help. We got delayed in NC a day due to the storm. Heading to northern VA this morning, hoping the roads are clear by now.

Preeti said...

Mountains is tricky theme for a baby quilt, although I understand blue, grey and aqua colors for a boy. I am stumped on how to add to it. I would have chosen the easy way out. Made the quilt top (my pattern) using the chosen colors and then looked for some mountain type fabric and used that as a backing. I am intrigued - what will Mari do?
Thank you for all that you do and have done already.
Love & Hugs,

Louise said...

Very cute start to your mountainous quilt! I think I might just add a little dark blue and gray to the bottom, but lots of nice lighter blues to the top for a kind of Big Sky look. Then there's room for clouds and sun if you want, to add some lighter colors that don't take away from their chosen color scheme. You could even quilt in a subtle rainbow with colored thread :)

JanineMarie said...

Your mountains are beautiful! I have seen quilts (as well as paintings) that put a row of subtle quilt blocks along the bottom. The trick is to use colors similar to those in the bottom part of the quilt so that they don’t contrast too much and take away from the main picture. You could do the same with the top edge, too. Sometimes the blocks are themed according to the picture. I thought of delectable mountains for the bottom but I think that might be too detailed of a block. The tumblers might work if you blend the colors more with the quilt (Not as many light colors). Anyway, I know you’ll come up with something that pleases you.

PaulaB quilts said...

What about one or both of the backing fabrics for the borders. The arrows have similar colors and the animals would be just plain cute along the bottom. It's fun any way you do it.

Kate said...

I'm no help on your quilt delema, but it sounds like you got some great suggestions in the other comments. Enjoy your snow day sewing. Hope you were able to stay in and enjoy the warm and dryness.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Such lovely mountains, I’m not much good with advice but I’m sure you will be inspired and surprise us all with your own unique style. Hope you get it finished on time.