If you are welcoming a new baby into your family or friend group, you have most likely noticed the new baby trend that includes a very neutral nursery decor. So neutral in fact, it is many times difficult to decipher whether the space is for a boy or girl. Neutral nursery decor is something I would say is born from the most recent design trend the farmhouse style, which Joanna Gaines has made famous and created mass appeal with her hit series HGTV’s Fixer Upper. This design style includes muted natural colors, and textures that include, metal, wood, woven baskets, and greenery. For the modern nursery, bright colors have been replaced with very light tans, and taupe’s, brown, grey, black, white, and a very pale pink are all colors that are incorporated in the new modern nursery. Lucky for me I have had several friends and neighbors having new babies this spring, and I’ve had an opportunity to try out this new design trend. When a friend of mine announced she too was expecting a baby boy, I was so excited for her, and happy to start my next quilt project that included her nursery colors of black, white, and grey. I decided on the arrow quilt out of Anna Graham’s Handmade Style book, I made two of these quilts a few years back as wall hangings that are adjacent to my kids’ rooms (see image below). Actually one is for Elle and one is for William, it’s a long way off but maybe someday these quilts will be snuggled by their little ones’.
Handmade Style by Anna Graham
Elle and William’s arrow quilts, the bright pink is for Elle and the orange is for William.
For this baby boy’s arrow quilt I used Robert Kaufman’s essex yard dyed homespun in charcoal. A plain white fabric for the background, cotton and steel’s sprinkles in black cat, along with Cheshire stripe from Cotton and Steel’s wonderland collection. And lastly dear stella’s adventure awaits forest dreaming in white for the back of this quilt.
Robert Kaufman’s Essex yarn dyed homespun in charcoal, and Cotton and Steel’s Sprinkles in black cat.
Cotton and Steel’s Wonderland Cheshire stripe and Dear Stella Adventure Awaits Forest Dreaming in white.
A friend of mine who does my quilting chose this beautiful fan motif which is the perfect compliment to the linear and modern lines that make up each arrow of this quilt.
I’m in love with Robert Kaufman’s essex yard dyed homespun in charcoal which provides this quilt with such a delightful texture.
Which way will the arrows lead us?
Dear Stella Adventure Awaits Forest Dreaming in white for the back of this quilt.
Small in size this quilt measures in at 30″ square, tiny but mighty I’d say!
Having made this arrow quilt three times now, I’m absolutely in love with this pattern. Although it’s small, it’s perfect for a newborn or stroller quilt, but also packs a graphic punch, and looks stunning as a wall hanging as well. Gifting a quilt is always one of the best parts, especially when making for baby. Of course this new mama loved her baby boy’s quilt, and quickly sent me a picture of a print in her nursery. The print featured a little fox face that matched the fox face on the dear stella print, how perfect! I can’t wait to meet this little guy and see him snuggled up in his new quilt. As always, thank you for reading and letting me share my recent makes and inspiration.