When I first saw Riley Blake's "Rocket Age" fabrics in the coming-soon section of some online shops, I knew I wanted to make use of it. I decided to use the Lullaby Lane quilt pattern by Sassafras Lane Designs to make a quilt for a baby boy, without a particular recipient in mind. I was undecided as to exactly which prints and solids I wanted to use, so I ordered some alternatives too. I pieced a top together up to the point of needing the applique, and set it aside.
Then twin boys came along, and I realized I had enough fabric to make two quilts.
The first quilt uses Kona Windsor as the solid sashing, with a blue stripe from Henley Studio as the applique background, and a solid red binding:
The other quilt uses Kona Orange for the sashing, a Rocket Age stripe for the applique background, and the Henley Studio blue stripe for binding:
I really like that stripe as binding; here's a detail shot showing some of the backing fabric too:
For the applique, instead of the blanket stitch I typically use, I opted for a sketch stitch. I felt it was in keeping with the comic book style of the prints. I made a pattern for the rocket by scanning the fabric and modifying one of the rocket shapes in Photoshop.
I did trapunto under the rockets, but I waited until after completing the background quilting to fuse the letters to the top, to have less starts and stops in the quilting. I did spiral quilting for the first quilt, marking the first rounds and quilting with free motion, then using a walking foot to complete the larger rounds. (See the top photo above.)
The other quilt is quilted in straight lines in a chevron shape; the inner section has lines 1/2 inch apart, while the outer lines are 1 inch apart.
I really like the comic book ads print used on the back. I think I remember some of those ads from my comic books years ago.
I hope these baby boys enjoy their quilts!
(I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.)