Before we talk about this dinosaur quilt I made for my youngest boy, I have a quilty confession to make. Last year, I set off to make a quilt for every member of my family for Christmas. And I failed miserably. I set out to make five quilts, but only finished two in time – yikes.
With this failure in my hands, I switched strategies and decided to make quilts for birthdays, this year haha. So even though this dinosaur quilt was technically ready to go on Christmas Day, I decided to hold on to it for another month and gave it to my littlest dude on his birthday. For some reason, I never got around to sharing until now, but better late than never! (that really seems to be the theme of this post! haha)
I started off this quilt with Riley Blake’s Fossil Rim collection. Once it hit stores, I couldn’t buy it fast enough for our youngest son, Ben, who is obsessed with dinosaurs. I simply couldn’t not get it! Once I had the fat quarter bundle in my hands, it became a question of what pattern to use. And thankfully the answer came very quickly to me – Solstice Lights.
At the time I got this fabric, I was working on the pattern release for Solstice Lights so it was a natural fit. I opened the FQ bundle and mixed in some solids and basics from my stash to break up the dinosaur explosion that was happening and landed on a pretty dang cute assorted of fabrics.
Since the original fabric has a lot of white in it, I decided to use a darker fabric for the background. Essex Yard Dyed was simply irresistible and once I finished my first block, I knew I was onto something.
From there, it was a game of working on this quilt but keeping it hidden from my sidekick. It worked pretty well, thankfully! Once it came time to arrange my blocks, I decided to do a gradient of sorts instead of randomly placing the colors/prints, and I love the result!
Thankfully, so does my little dude and this dinosaur quilt lives on his bed ever since January. It’ll soon need a wash since even our dog has taken to taking naps on it, ha!