I have finished piecing the baby blanket!
I had the orange on the far left and the purple at home already. The rest are fat quarters I found at Joann's. I was thrilled to find the jungle theme fabric and the colors are perfect.
The original idea was a simple horizontal stripe quilt. I did some research on sizing though and found that my fat quarters weren't quite wide enough for that. The ideal baby quilt size is apparently 32" x 52". This will allow for the sides and the bottom to be tucked under a crib mattress without covering the baby's face. So, the new idea was a vertical striped quilt that was more pieced than just my original simple idea. For this I decided I could just make up the pattern. I went with 1.5", 3" or 4.5" wide by 6" or 9" tall. There was a lot of math involved, probably more than necessary but I finally figured out how many pieces to use. I laid it out on the floor and played with the location of the colors until I finally settled on this:
The right side is actually going to be the top. This was decided so that all of the animals were facing up. Then I sewed each strip. This went very quickly and I actually finished it up Thursday night before Brian came home. Lucy helped...
With all of my strips sewed and laid out in order, Saturday morning I set out to finish it. The whole thing went smoothly and quickly and before I knew it I was sewing my final piece. I hadn't decided yet if there would be a border or not so I pulled out the white on white zebra print I had left over from my first quilt. No competition, this NEEDED to be added. Not only did it brighten up all the colors but the zebra pattern was a perfect fit for the theme. I went with a 3" border to keep the portions the same as the other strips. It is just about the right size at about 32" x 56" And here it is:
All pieced together and ready for the next step. With Hurricane Sandy pounding down on us, I will not get to the store for a while but I have already decided that I want the back to be the large orange and white pattern. I am thinking that the edge might be white too, or purple. That hasn't been decided yet. For now, I will be inside riding out the storm...