Friday 28 September 2012

From K - Finished: Boys + Birds + Bees Quilt

I've already said it once, twice, and three times over, but I have to say it again... I am head over heels for Tula Pink's newest line, the Birds and the Bees! While I was recently on vacation I couldn't help but continuously think about the possibilities for my B&B stash (even while sitting on camels no less!). Once I returned it took everything in me to finish my long standing WiP (my now finished wax print quilt top) before I allowed myself to clear my design wall and move on to starting something new.

Itching to pick up a rotary cutter and slice into my first ever set of charm packs, this weekend I whipped up this baby quilt for a good friend who recently had her second baby boy. I'm definitely of the mind that while boys may always love blue and green, they can also be open minded. To liven up Megan's male dominate household, I made sure to add some depth by incorporating some of the other rich jewel tone prints in Tula's line such as the golds, plums and browns.

I love the way each print stands on its own against the stark white of the negative space. I used Cluck Cluck Sew's Inside Out pattern and think it was the perfect fit for this line. I can definitely see myself using this pattern again in the future for other prints I may want to show off.

Because this is a baby quilt and we're nearing into colder months, I thought a flannel backing would be a good fit for this gift. I used a herringbone print from Woolies by Bonnie Sullivan and Maywood Studies,  and I am so please with how soft it is to the touch, even after washing. While the pattern is quite subtle and understated, I like how it doesn't fight with the quilt top for attention.

Since I went pretty neutral on the backing, I wanted to add a bit of pop with the binding. I used a vibrant chartreuse Kimono print by Ty Pennington, and I think it did the trick.

Final Quilt Details:
  • Quilt Name: Boys + Birds + Bees
  • Finished Size: baby quilt (48" x 36")
  • Fabric: Kona Cotton in White, 18 prints from the Birds and the Bees by Tula Pink
  • Pattern: Inside Out by Cluck Cluck Sew
  • Quilting: stipple

Lastly I wanted to give a special shout out and a huge thank you to a dear friend who not only graciously took all of the beautiful photos in today's post, but also did her best to catch my good side in this last photo (trust me it's not an easy task!). Love you Brit!


  1. you look so lovely, so no more self-deprication! i love what you have done with this line- i adore it, as all tula pink, and this is a great way to showcase it.

  2. I really love the contrast with the white too! I will have to remember to try BB with white!


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