Seeing Spots on Sunday – Or Maybe Triangles

Continuing on with my baby makes, the main part of the quilt top is finished.  It’s hanging on my flannelette sheet design wall and, as you can see, I decided to stick with the original pattern design for this baby quilt and cast to the wind my concerns about upside down and sideways foxes.  Any way up, this quilt will have some foxes standing on their feet and new mothers have more to worry about than making sure a quilt is always laid down in the right direction – laying the baby down in the right direction was enough to exercise my exhausted brain if I remember correctly.

I’ve tried to brighten up the photos a bit this time so hopefully you can now see those triangles are not grey but white with black dashes on.  Although grey continues to be ‘on trend’ so I suppose it wouldn’t matter if they were.

It will have a 4.5 inch border and I happened to come across these two cottons which are very good matches for the other colours.

Some confetti spots on a white background

and some bright little triangles.

I made a panel of left over strips of the foxy fabric range which I thought I’d put in the centre of whatever I use for the backing and I’ve been laying out the possible options on my bed.

At the moment I’m veering towards the small triangles for the front (right of  photo) and the spotted white to form a frame around the strippy panel on the back.

I’m just wondering whether to frame the quilt top with a narrower border of white confetti spots before adding the small triangles or letting them run riot right up against those wayward foxes as shown.

I’ll probably be doing this sometime today so I’ll show you what I decided next week.

Unless you have any thoughts of course.


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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on March 10, 2019 - 11:43

    That is looking so good!

  2. #3 by nanacathy2 on March 10, 2019 - 12:17

    I love the wayward foxes and dare I suggest you do the backing fabrics the other way round, this way I think you loose the foxes a bit., or maybe add the white border then the triangles. Either way the parents are going to love their quilt and in time baby will make it into a den.

    • #4 by tialys on March 10, 2019 - 12:43

      I’m liking the triangles as the front but I think a narrow border in between might be the way to go.

  3. #5 by nottaholiday on March 10, 2019 - 12:25

    Fabulous, well done. Do you have any of the solid orange colour left? Might be nice to frame the
    pieced front with a narrow border before the larger sashing goes on. It would help to separate the patterns so they stand out.

    • #6 by tialys on March 10, 2019 - 12:46

      I used all the scraps to make the panel for the back but I am going to frame it I think – probably with the white spotty.
      By the way, I’ve been having a laugh about reading your Romanian adventures but, when I try to follow you by email – which is the only way I usually remember to read blogs – it tells me I have been unsuccessful and should add a valid email address. I tried two – both of which are definitely valid – so I’m not sure what’s happening there.

      • #7 by nottaholiday on March 10, 2019 - 23:15

        Thanks. ..i definitely have my learners plates on with wordpress…ill check it out
        Quilt looks fabulous too lucky baby ! I made one for my daughter before we left as i had an inkling….so glad i did as he was born just before we got back

  4. #8 by katechiconi on March 10, 2019 - 12:36

    Love those new fabrics, and I’m glad you abandoned all those version with every fox upright, as I feel this works the best by far. Myself, I’d add a narrow white spot border before that gorgeous triangles fabric, just to give the eyes a rest. It’s so cheerful, like bunting!

    • #9 by tialys on March 10, 2019 - 12:50

      Bunting! That’s it – I knew it reminded me of something. I’m supposed to cut 5 inch border strips so I think I’ll cut the white confetti at 1.5 inches and make the outer border that bit smaller. I do have some white with tiny black flowers which would also work as the narrow border and I have been eyeing up the confetti spots as a possible summer blouse which might be swaying my decision although I have got 3m of it.

      • #10 by katechiconi on March 11, 2019 - 04:28

        Well, if you decide in favour of the black flowers, it would add some nice crisp visual punctuation between the riots of colour. (How’s that for post-rationalisation for not using the confetti fabric you want for the blouse…?)

      • #11 by nottaholiday on March 11, 2019 - 23:34

        visual punctuation!! Love it

      • #12 by katechiconi on March 12, 2019 - 05:04


  5. #13 by KerryCan on March 10, 2019 - 12:44

    Such happy, fun fabrics! Whatever you choose to do will be beloved, I’m sure. Having said that, I tend to agree with the others that a border of the white dotted fabric would give a visual resting place between the busier parts.

    • #14 by tialys on March 10, 2019 - 12:56

      Thanks Kerry, I think I’m going to be heading down the narrow border route which, in my head, I knew I should do really but the riot of colour was seducing me which is strange as my usual tastes are more subdued.

      • #15 by Emmely on March 10, 2019 - 13:32

        Good! My vote is also for an extra border to visually calm it down a bit.

      • #16 by tialys on March 10, 2019 - 17:25

        Done and it worked 😃 How are you getting on with your own little one Emmely?

      • #17 by Emmely on March 12, 2019 - 14:53

        She’s 2 already! Can hardly believe it and she’s doing great. The second one is on it’s way (!) which sort of explains my blogging silence and lack of sewing activity.

      • #18 by tialys on March 12, 2019 - 17:02

        That certainly flew by! I can totally understand your partial absence from blogland and congratulations on your news. There’s only 18 months between my two but I remember that time before they went to school really fondly. I never made any appointments before midday if I could possibly manage it, so we spent lovely, lazy mornings looking at books, watching Sesame Street and just enjoying each other’s company. I was also dog tired most of the time of course but it was still lovely.

      • #19 by Emmely on March 13, 2019 - 15:43

        Tired, what’s that????? 😉
        Only 18 months, wow. I’m glad it’s a bit more than that to be honest. I still had to carry my daughter around a lot when she was 18 months and it’s definitely easier now that she walks around by herself (except when she runs off…).

  6. #20 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 10, 2019 - 16:34

    My vote too goes for a border of stripes in between. Loving the triangle fabric, works so well with what you’re already done – great find. Am wondering how big is a baby quilt? I have a couple of fat quarters I’m thinking I might turn into a quilt for my great nephew that’s due in June.

    • #21 by tialys on March 10, 2019 - 17:24

      Well a decent size for a cot or toddler bed would finish at around 36 x 50 inches but you could go smaller for a baby’s wrap around snuggly blanket, say 30 x 40 inches ish.
      I’ve done the deed with my quilt top now – no stripes in sight though- did you mean spots?

      • #22 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 10, 2019 - 17:36

        Thanks for th info.
        Ha ha! Yes, I meant spots. Doh!

  7. #23 by thecontentedcrafter on March 10, 2019 - 18:50

    By the time I arrive it’s all done and dusted! It’s going to be much loved I’m sure and someone will grow up with an inexplicable fondness for foxes………..

    • #24 by tialys on March 12, 2019 - 09:07

      I hope so – and not a fear of them. I only say this because, being an over imaginative child, I often had nightmares and one was caused by having a patchwork hexagon quilt on my bed which caused me to wake up screaming because I thought I was being suffocated by a gigantic tortoise. The strangest part of that story is that I had a patchwork quilt at all as nobody else in my family sews, let alone does patchwork, so where it would have come from I don’t know. My Mum told me about this and I imagine it was probably just a bed cover with a hexagon type pattern on it. Funny what you remember.

      • #25 by thecontentedcrafter on March 12, 2019 - 09:38

        Oh that’s a strong memory to have – it’s good you won’t be sleeping beneath the foxes! And I guess you won’t be in a hurry to make a tortoise quilt either…… It’s odd how memory works, stuff from half a century ago comes up from out of the blue sometimes and other times I can’t remember where I left my keys.

  8. #26 by craftycreeky on March 10, 2019 - 19:45

    It’s looking wonderful, I’d be inclined to have a narrow border of the white dotty fabric before the triangles. The foxy fabrics are great 🙂

    • #27 by tialys on March 12, 2019 - 09:01

      They are nice fabrics aren’t they – I can’t remember where I bought them but they were in a bundle of coordinated designs and colours and I wanted to keep them together. This seemed ike the perfect opportunity.

  9. #28 by Nanette on March 11, 2019 - 03:11

    Gorgeous wee quilt, the little one’s going to enjoy finding all the foxes as she? grows up. Good idea to add the calmer white spotty border first.

    • #29 by tialys on March 12, 2019 - 09:00

      Just as long as it’s the only fox hunting she ever does – otherwise she’ll be crossed off my Christmas list 😉

      • #30 by Nanette on March 14, 2019 - 02:43

        Oh yes, amen to that, auntie!

  10. #31 by dezertsuz on March 11, 2019 - 20:35

    It’s a great baby quilt, and I agree that the direction doesn’t matter. I think I would put a skinny confetti border, but I don’t think it’s a world-shaking difference. Go with what you like best and have time and energy to do.

    • #32 by tialys on March 12, 2019 - 08:59

      Well, the front is finished – now I have decisions to make about the back but I think that will be simpler to decide on.

  11. #33 by sew2pro on March 11, 2019 - 23:31

    It’s gorgeous. Love the triangle border (with or without strip). It’s like being in a framing shop, isn’t it, with the pressure of deciding what best fits a much loved picture!

    • #34 by tialys on March 12, 2019 - 08:56

      It is a bit like that – I think I’ve made the right decision though. Just got to sort the back out now. I’ve suddenly decided that confetti print would make a pretty summer blouse so I’m being a bit ‘precious’ with it now and hoping to save 1.5m of it but I won’t do it if it would spoil the quilt.

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