A friend of mine is expecting her second daughter. She ask me to make her girls matchy but not identical quilts using her favorite colors - pink, yellow, teal & green. I used the same pattern for both quilts and almost all the same fabrics. She wanted to be able to tell the quilts apart at just a glance and for them to have some sort of distinctive feature. So after talking about the options she decided she wanted to use one different focus fabric in each quilt - different animals. One quilt has yellow elephants and the other has pink whales. I also used pink binding on one and teal binding on the other to make them extra easy to tell apart without having to look for the animals.
I think they turned out adorable and I hope she loves them as much as I do! I'm interested to see which one big sister E picks to be hers and which one she passes on to baby sis.
The best side by side I could get in my living room. This was before they were washed. After the wash they both got super soft and crinkly, making them even better! I did straight line quilting on both quilts that outlines the 6 inch squares. I like this amount of quilting on quilts for kids. They have a nice drape and snuggly-ness. They both finished at 43 x 55 inches. I must admit that I was a little impressed with myself that they actually finished at the exact same size (even though that is totally what was suppose to happen since they are the same pattern/blocks/fabric/etc)!!!
pink whales with teal binding
close up of the pink whales
I pieced the back on both quilts and just like the front - they look the same but with different fabric placement.
Close up of the back. I didn't have enough of this adorable (and perfect color match!) bird fabric to add it to the front of the quilts, so I think it makes the back more interesting and special.
yellow elephants with pink binding
close up of the yellow elephants
The back of the second quilt - almost the same as the first.
Both quilts folded side by side.