Amy Butler Little Stitches for Little Ones
Entry #19: Asher Jude's Playtime Quilt

Amy Butler Little Stitches for Little Ones
Entry #19: Asher Jude's Playtime Quilt

Carrie McBride
Sep 30, 2008

Name: Poppy
Asher Jude's Playtime Quilt

Poppy got an assist from her 2-year-old son in picking out colorful and interesting fabric for a playmat she made for his young cousin. We agree that there's lots to occupy young eyes here. Jump below for a closer look...

Explain how Amy Butler inspired this entry:
My starting point was Amy Butler's "Lotus Brick Path Quilt" from her website. I made it into a smaller version to be a play quilt for my nephew. The off-set blocks are really dynamic and it was very fun figuring out how to lay out the pieces for the best effect. I was inspired by Amy's way with layering patterns and used that to take me out of my comfort zone. I wanted this quilt to have a bunch of fun things for Asher Jude to look at (dots, stripes, flowers, animals, colors, etc.) This quilt has almost every color in the rainbow.

How did you make your project and what items did you use?: I adjusted the "Lotus Brick Path Quilt" to be 9 columns by 6 rows (final measurement was 37" x 33"). Many of the fabrics were left over from previous projects (with fabrics from City Quilter and Mood Fabrics in NYC); I supplemented with two fat quarters and the backing bug fabric from City Quilter. I used a high loft polyester batting instead of my preferred cotton batting because, as this is primarily intended as a play quilt for the baby, I wanted it to be soft in case of any thuds. I hand-quilted by stitching in the ditch which had the added bonus of making it fold naturally into thirds so it's easier to tote around to the park. One part of the process that was super fun was having my own two year old boy help me pick out fabrics; not surprisingly he picked out the bug backing fabric, but he also had very strong feelings about the orange flowers and purple dots.

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