When her oldest son was born, I made my 'traditional' Irish print fabric quilt, at his mother's request.
Two years later, when his little brother was born, I decided to make the new baby something fun. And a funny thing happened...Big Brother recognized the animals and wanted to claim it for his own!
I told my niece to let him have it, and Little Boy Two's blanket could be the Irish one. Now that Number Three Son has come along, I wonder if Mary's middle child, who is just two, will have the same reaction, and want this new quilt for himself!
This toddler blankie started life as a 24" by 44" panel called "Barnyard Counting," by Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman fabrics. My daughter and I found it at a quilt shop in Maine 18 months ago. It has been in my stash, waiting for the next great-nephew to come along.
As with most of my quilts, I started with the sketch. I decided to cut the panel into blocks, which measure 8 1/2" by 11", and mix them with brightly colored prints.
Digging through my stash, I found several prints that would work. After trimming them into the same size block, I began to lay out the rows.
Sewing this together was easy-peasy! The blanket is five blocks wide by four rows long. I added a solid yellow border to tie everything together. The green polka-dot fabric was used on the back of the quilt.
I also made bias binding out of the green polka-dot to finish the edges.
I used my sewing machine to make even lines of quilting, both horizontal and vertical, including stitching in 'the ditch' between the blocks.
It's so stinkin' cute, isn't it?! I just love it, and I hope Number Three Son loves it, too!!