Ages ago I saw this rocket-robot fabric on Kathy‘s blog and she had a contest about quilt patterns for the fabric. If you ever need some pattern inspiration the comments in that post are a great resource. So somewhere in there is a pattern for this design idea.

Rocket-Robot Baby Quilt

One thing I learned on the retreat last weekend was that some quilters really like to use patterns. I rarely do and I think it’s because I like to figure things out and also I think it’s because I’m a little bit cheap. I guess when I go into a quilting shop I’d like to spend my money on fabric over a pattern every time. I also like the aesthetic of patchwork which is something that you can figure out. So this design didn’t seem too tricky and also looked to be a good way to showcase some of the larger prints in the Robots line.

The quilt is about 36″ square and is a gift for a friend’s baby. I quilted it with wavy lines which might be my new favorite way to quilt — since I am free-motioned challenged — so prepare yourself to see more wavy lines in the future. I ended up liking the layout so much I’ve used it in two larger quilts where I wanted to showcase the fabrics. Maybe I’ll show you those tomorrow with some guidelines for figuring out a design like this, anyone interested in that?


9 Responses to “Rocket-Robot”

  1. 1 Amy November 10, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    So cute. I love that robot fabric!

  2. 2 T November 11, 2009 at 3:20 am

    So excited to see some of those robots in the scraps you left! Really–your scraps are awesome! And now they’re mine! Recipes and pics coming soon!

  3. 3 Heidi November 11, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I just purchased some of that rocket/robots fabric about 2 weeks ago – It’s so cute. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet though.

    Your quilt is adorable!

  4. 4 deb November 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    That is one funky quilt! I like it 🙂

  5. 5 Anne November 12, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Oh, I really like that as a way to set off the fabric. I have several neat designs (heather ross’s mendocino line and some others) where I wanted to do something similar to showcase the fabric not cut it into little pieces. I’m going to try your design soon! I really like that it only uses 6 different fabrics in the blocks, too. Very fun and nice movement.

  6. 6 erin November 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    yay for figuring it out yourself. that is the way i like to do it, too. well, except for that single girl….only 15 blocks to go.

  7. 7 Vanessa November 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I am in love with that fabric!
    so sweet. and the colors, fantastic.

  8. 8 Grace November 15, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Oooh, GREAT idea on the wavy lines! I pieced a quilt top for Fiona before she was born but I’ve never done anything more with it because I’m afraid of free-motion, but wanted it to have a cool look like that. This is perfect! (You used a walking foot, right?)

  9. 9 amandajean November 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    yay for wavy line quilting!!! the quilt is fantastic!

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