05 February 2009

Quilt block dilemma - Sophia's cows

There was something about these little moo cows that caught my eye on a recent trip to the fabric store for something entirely different. Savannah liked it too "for a Sophia" so we stacked up some coordinating fat quarters and half yards and brought them home for whenever I might have time to start thinking about making something for baby. I was hoping to make two simple, alternating quilt blocks in contrasting colors for baby's undeveloped eyes. But I can't find a decent pattern to contrast with this block that I do like. Here's my first block attempt (it doesn't work at all but I really wanted to find a way to use the cow print and polka dots).

I think this quilt may be suffering from a lack of white space. Maybe I'll try removing the stripes and replacing it with white fabric. Unfortunately, I can't find any of my white fabric at the moment since it's all packed away in boxes. I'm reluctant to purchase new fabric since I'm trying to put my craft room, which is the dining room table until the basement is tiled, on a fabric diet. I also considered embroidering "Moo!" on white squares that would alternate with the cows but I usually waste fabric when embroidering on small 4" squares like these. Plus, then I'm back to wading through boxes to find my white fabric...


Cute little moo, moos. Wonder what I'll come up with for a Baby William quilt. With the fabric diet in place, I may have to use up my Kaffe Fassett stash for a bright, gender-neutral quilt.

4 comments:

Alycia said...

I really like the layout with the pink blocks alternated with the Black striped ones. Very cute ideas!

Atlanticsong said...

Thanks Alycia. I'm still trying to figure out what to do for the alternating block on the design wall... The cows are too cute to mess up!

Amber Lippold said...

I built the quilt design website www.MyWebQuilter.com. I used MyWebQuilter.com to design a few alternative options. See my results on my blog post - mywebquilter.blogspot.com

Try MyWebQuilter.com to test your ideas. It is easy, fun, and free.

Atlanticsong said...

Amber, thanks for the tip. That's a really useful quilting tool! I can't wait to get my design board up in the sewing room to help me make these decisions as well...