A few years ago, my niece asked me to create a space themed quilt and coordinating wall art for her son Ethan’s nursery, and I was so excited by her request! I jumped right in and designed Outer Space Adventure – a fun, bright quilt that combines applique and patchwork techniques. I also created two hand painted needlepoint canvases for my sister to stitch up. I’ll share pics of those as soon as I find a way to get them off my (now dead) iPhone OR get new ones from my niece!
A rocket blasts off and makes its way through deep blue space, past stars and colorful planets. Applique blocks with cute astronauts and silly aliens alternate with patchwork “star” blocks to create the border. Red sashing and a bright, geometric print complete the quilt design.
I immediately wanted to share the finished project with the world, so I listed it for sale on my website. Custom orders didn’t rush in, but I did get an unexpected request for a pattern! Martha, a lovely lady from Texas, contacted me and asked if I would put together a kit so that she could make a full sized quilt for her grandson. “Of course!”, said I, and my pattern design business was up and running. Happy to say that Martha loved the pattern and kit, and had a great time making the quilt! Check out the photo she sent of her finished project (complete with grandsons) below center, along with a few detail photos.
Both patterns are available as PDF downloads in my Craftsy pattern store for $15.75 each. The crib quilt pattern is available here, and the full size version here. Both include an 11-page instruction book and full-size applique patterns. The instructions are perfect for beginning and experienced quilters alike. Detailed, step-by-step instructions, fabric requirements and easy to follow illustrations will guide you through the process and help ensure success! You can see a few excerpts below.
I wrote a silly little poem to include on the gift label for Ethan. Feel free to personalize it and use it for your little astronaut!
Ethan is a little boy who loves outer space.
Every night in dreamland
He blasts off to race
Past stars and moons and planets
Through the vast galactic scene,
To find new friends in aliens
Purple, Orange and Green!
If you’re not a quilter, visit my website to purchase a made-to-order Outer Space Adventure quilt for someone special!