Wednesday, August 18, 2010


My friend Ruthie is having a baby in September and I am helping to throw her a shower over Labor Day Weekend - the irony is not lost on us! So, now that I am back and I'm caught up on all of my bee blocks I have some time to get to work on a quilt for Ruthie. The problem: I don't know what to do! Usually I have several ideas of quilts I want to make when I sit down to design a new baby quilt for a friend but I am struggling with this one and I don't know why. I've gone to my inspiration files and my galleries on flickr and I've come up with so many quilts and color combos that I love but for some reason nothing is feeling right for this project. I just don't know.

So I need some help. Here's what I'm thinking...

Option #1 - Plaid Quilt
Why? I loved the block I made this month for Leah from the first moment I saw it on the Block Party Blog. I think if I lay it out in the "tartan style" it might be a really cool, sophisticated baby quilt. But will it be too busy?

Why? I really love the simplicity of this quilt. I fell in love with it as soon as the quilt-a-long was announced on her website, unfortunately I was on the road for work and I couldn't participate when it was going on live but I have been planning to make one myself as soon as I found the time. The problem? Will I want to keep it for myself or will I get burnt out on the pattern and NOT make a full sized one for me?

Photo from Crazy Mom Quilts

And then there is the color scheme. Ruthie doesn't know what she's having so I need to make something gender neutral for her. I was kind of thinking that something along the lines of turquoise and orange might be cool. I could stick with something a little less intense with these patterns and go with greens. I don't know. What do you think?


  1. hmmmm....this is a dilemma! If you're trying to have a finished quilt by labor day you may want to go a little more simple than either of those though like this coin quilt:

    or this strip quilt:
    (the red and lime green one)

    or this quilt that has a couple of fun blocks but mostly solid:

  2. I like the crazy mom quilts, but I to agree that if you are trying to keep it coordinated and not get to overwhelming, then a simpler pattern may be better. However, when I did crazymomquilts quilt along I was actually pretty impressed with how quickly I was able to put it together. So you might actually find that the better choice!