Nautical Baby Quilt

nautical-baby-quilt-2-of-6I’m back with baby niece number 2’s quilt! This sweet babe is due a mere 10 days before my own little boy, so it’s very exciting to have all these cousins coming so close together! My brother and sil are doing a nautical baby nursery with the main colors being red and navy blue.

nautical-baby-quilt-6-of-6I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to include the nautical elements into this baby quilt so I did some Pinterest searching for inspiration and came upon this gem. I basically copied this idea pretty closely.

I had one yard of white kona cotton to use and figured out my dimensions around that. The large middle white section ended up being around 20-22″ by the width of fabric and the striped sections are about 2.5″ by WOF.

nautical-baby-quilt-5-of-6For the anchors, I found a template online, used that to trace the anchor shape onto my fabric, applied heat n bond lite to the back of the fabric, and then appliquéd the anchors to the quilt. The anchors are around 7″ tall.

The final quilt size ended up being about 41×45″… I used some navy kona cotton to bind the quilt and this awesome lightweight chambray anchor print for the backing. I had bought this chambray at the beginning of the summer to make shorts for the boys and never got around to it. It ended up being the exact size I needed for a backing so it was awesome not to have to piece anything for the back!

nautical-baby-quilt-4-of-6The quilt is free motion quilted with a pretty dense loopy stipple on the white sections. I thought all that white fabric needed some dense quilting to add dimension. And then I left the color strips and anchors un-quilted to let them pop a bit.

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My goal with this quilt and the previous one was to only use fabric from my stash. With the exception of the yard of white kona that I had to buy, everything else was stashed! I think I used up every single piece of navy blue and red fabric that I own but I had enough! Apparently navy and red are not colors that I use a lot.

nautical-baby-quilt-1-of-6I love how this turned out and I am excited for my baby niece to get to use it!! FYI I blurred her name out on the label because it hasn’t been announced to the general public yet, and I wanted to let her mom and dad do that, not me!