I am so excited to share my snowball quilt finish with you! The more I worked on this quilt, the more I loved the design of it; so much that I've actually started writing the pattern for it in lap and twin sizes.
Believe it or not, of all of the baby quilts I've done over the years, I've never made a pink and gray one. Calling it a baby quilt is a bit deceptive, because it is actually a twin size (72" x 92"), but it is going in a nursery.
Almost all of the scraps went into the backing, plus some wide stripes of my favorite pink from the quilt. The pink tonal orange peel print is too cute, and the photo of the label shows it really well. I decided to use the softest gray (Kona Shadow) for the label, rather than white.
I thought that the floating pink and gray snowballs looked like bubbles, and since this was made with a baby girl in mind, I decided to name it Bubble Bath.
The design of this quilt was kind of a different process for me. Usually I set out to design a block that looks pretty and makes a secondary pattern when they are put together. This quilt started with an idea for the snowballs to "float" across the quilt like bubbles, so the quilt was designed all at once, versus designing a single block. I had to play around with it for awhile before I was happy with it, but I think the illusion is successful.
My very favorite fabric in the quilt is one that I almost didn't use at all. This Riley Blake pink and white gardening text print is just awesome, and I think it adds a perfect whimsical touch to the quilt. It's called Flower Patch Words by Lori Holt. I really worried that the white background would be too light, and that those snowballs wouldn't show up very well, but I'm glad I went ahead and used it.
"Earth laughs in flowers." Isn't that just a wonderful quote? The fabric is full of gems like this, and I think I might have to get more of it since I used every last bit. I am delivering this quilt to its new home this evening, then I can really get down to business on the pattern.