Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tal's Habitat of Love

So my friends Jackie and Ben (who both attended "library school" and worked with me) had a little baby boy at the end of November. His name is Tallis - Tal for short - and I finally got to meet him tonight! Knowing that he was coming along I started thinking about making a quilt to welcome him to the world; initially I started with working out a design (as I usually do) but that just was not working, so I jumped to thinking about fabric instead. Originally I thought that I would use "typical boy" colours and go with lots of blues and greens, maybe mixed with some grey, but then I decided to be a little more adventurous and settled on using pieces from Habitat by Jay McCarroll which had been sent to me by Free Spirit for the MQG challenge.

This is what I came up with! I went for a modified plus design that integrated various shades of grey - in this case Kona Charcoal, Coal, and Medium Grey - and also negative space. I could have made a standard plus quilt just using the Habitat fabrics, but I really wanted to do something different that was maybe more unexpected.

I took this little quilt (hmmm, forgot to measure it but I'd say it's about 42x47" or so) over tonight and I am so glad that Jackie and Ben liked it! Considering the fact that Ben mentioned awhile ago that his favourite quilt I've made was Sullivan's Steps, I was little worried that there might be too much pink (although I don't subscribe to the notion that boys can't have pink) or modern-ness for them, but it all worked out since they thought it was a-okay.

I used 100% unbleached, organic cotton for the batting, and quilted it with straight lines on the diagonal. The binding is also Kona Medium Grey. The backing is a solid piece of Kona Stone and I cut a label from the yard I had printed through Spoonflower to label it with.

This is one of the quilts that I mentioned in my last post was finished in November, so I am also super-glad that I finally got around to taking pictures of it before giving it away! Let me just say that working full-time during the winter means that it is dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home - not so good for picture taking! I'm hoping that in this new year I can be more organized with getting pictures done on the weekends, as long as the weather agrees with me that is!


  1. I adore - one day a pattern?
    Hugs - Lurline♥

  2. What a gorgeous quilt! Really like your label too. Do you find it easier to "mount" it onto fabric? I think I might be more successful if I try that too! Thanks for sharing such beautiful work. He is a lucky baby!:)

  3. Hi Sara!

    I have tried both mounting the labels on fabric and sewing them down as is, and depending on what it's for I like both. Often I actually piece the label into the backing and then quilt over it when quilting the whole thing, but in this case (since the backing was a solid piece of fabric and not pieced) this way worked best. If you take a look at the back of Sullivan's Steps (which can be seen in this post: you can see that I did the same thing using flannel and it worked well.

  4. Beautiful quilt - have not yet tried a plus quilt - another on the "to do" list. My little boy's favourite colour is still pink at 4 1/2 years old. And why not?! With a twin sister, he has the option to have pink if he wants

  5. Thanks so much for the tips! I will check out your links. I have to own up and say I rarely label my quilts but it's one of my resolutions for this year! Thanks again for taking the time to reply. Sara :)

  6. This is just fabulous. I love your use of negative space.

  7. I have fabric cut out for a quilt like this and Wan't happy with it. I really like what you did with the solids and will try that. Now I will get another project done so thanks.

  8. Tallis! What a cool name!

    This quilt is lovely- lucky guy!