Designing the Slow Poke baby quilt

I don’t normally do a lot of pattern designing around here, but with Urban Odyssey, I couldn’t resist. Blue, green, teal, and brown is my absolute favorite color combination after all! One of the prints I love in Urban Odyssey is the Metropolitan tonal print. I kept thinking how much the green one looked like a turle shell, and thus, the Slow Poke Baby Quilt was born!

I named the quilt after my baby brother, who was nicknamed “Pokey” as a child because he was never in a hurry to get anywhere. He would meander along at his own pace, getting distracted by every little thing along the way. It used to drive my family of long-legged, fast-walkers nuts! Now my “baby brother” is 28, married, and bald. *sniff* I feel so old!

Anyway, in the main part of the quilt, the snowball blocks are designed to look like turtle shells. Everyone here at the office says the little turtle must be “shell shopping”. I added some big strips of the focal fabric to the top and bottom to really show off that beautiful design with a minimum amount of fuss. I made the quilt toddler bed size, so it will get plenty of use well past babyhood, yet it’s not too big to hang on the nursery wall.

I’ve heard in the past that it’s hard to find cute fabrics and quilts for boys, and having my own boy in a few short months, I know this to be true! Not all of us want our boys decked out in sports or transportation themed stuff. I hope this quilt appeals to other parents and grandparents of boys looking for something “boyish”, but still sweet and cute. (Of course, this would work equally well for a girl too, but it’s easy to find stuff for them!)


  1. Nancy George - November 8, 2011

    Adorable quilt, I am always looking for new ideas for baby quilts. Great job!

  2. Carol - November 11, 2011

    Love the slow poke baby quilt. And love people who take the time to smell the flowers. 🙂

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