Design Wall: Baby Blocks


Name: Gigi Khalsa
Job Title: Associate Editor for McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts
Years Quilting: I’ve been quilting for about 12 years now. I made my first quilt on a whim; I checked a quilt book out of the library and made one of the designs in the book. It was so fun, and the next quilt I made was a simple one that I designed myself, using what I learned the first time around. I’ve never stopped since then! My favorite thing about quilting is thinking up new designs and seeing them materialize as I sew them together.
My Home Life: I live with my husband in the Denver Metro area. We are expecting our first baby in about a month! It’s very exciting.

My most recent quilt finish was the Freeform Block of the Month quilt, the making of which I blogged about on this site.


So now, anticipating a baby, I naturally have to make a baby quilt! I make one whenever I hear that a friend or family member is expecting (you can find several of those baby quilt patterns here on the Quilting Company website if you search Gigi Khalsa), so of course, I have to make one for my own baby! I’ve finished piecing it and have just started quilting it on my home sewing machine. It’s representative of my design style in that I used a selection of prints that are arranged in a gradient flow. Here’s where I am so far:


I got a really cool I-Spy panel, designed by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman, to use on the back.


The baby quilt was a design that I came up with on paper, then found fabrics that would work with the design. In many cases, however, I see a collection or combination of fabrics and find it so interesting that I design something around the fabrics. The most recent example of a design like that is Glimmer Glow, which was inspired by the Ombre Confetti and Grunge Hits the Spot jelly roll packs from Moda.


I just loved the colors and patterns and wanted to show them off in a cool way, and this is the result.

I’m also currently working on another design that was inspired by the fabrics; this one is using Tula Pink’s new collection, De La Luna from FreeSpirit Fabrics. It’s so cool! The pattern is scheduled for an upcoming issue of McCall’s Quilting, so I can’t show the whole thing, but here is just one of the many different blocks:


Fussy cut eye prints, stars, hearts, bats, and more! I think this quilt is going to be very pretty (the fabric that inspired it is so great!) and I love how it’s turning out so far. But I have to hustle if I’m going to finish both of these quilts before the baby arrives!

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