A quilt-as-you-go has been on my list of things to try for a looong time. I read that Heather would be starting a new quilt along with this method, and maybe that was what inspired me to try it now. I was hesitant to make a big quilt right away, because I wasn't sure how if I would like a finished quilt done this way. Would it be soft and cozy, or would it be stiff because of the dense quilting? And I could never be sure how to do the backing so it wouldn't look funny. I was concerned about the difference in shrinkage from front to back. Because of the dense quilting on the front, I thought it would shrink quite a bit more than the back, and thus give the back a funny loose look.
So I started out making 12.5" blocks and decided to do a 3 block grid to make a small baby quilt. Let me tell you. These blocks are FUN! Talk about instant gratification. I disciplined myself to use ONLY fabrics from my scraps, and I just love the bright funky look of all these clashing colors together.
I also had the brilliant idea (we'll see!) of using a non-prewashed flannel for the back. I'm not a pre-washer, but I always pre-wash flannels, because they shrink more than cottons. So I thought this might work out nicely since hopefully the heavily quilted front, and the unwashed flannel will shrink a similar amount. I'll let you know how this works out. And I'm so hoping that this quilt passes the snuggly baby quilt test, because I want to make more like this!
And does anyone recognize that chocolate brown owl print? I had this one tiny piece that I received in a scrap pack that I bought once. I always thought it was really cute, but now it hit me that it would be PERFECT for some of my friend's babies. Somehow I think it's exactly up their alley. I'm having a bit of a hard time finding it since I have no idea of the designer or manufacturer. Or maybe it's a JoAnn's special! I found some on Flickr that a lady wanted to swap, but I haven't heard back from her... Oh the joy of the hunt!