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Think and Wonder Quilt

(Note: If you want to make your own Think & Wonder Quilt you can find the pattern here!)

Some very dear friends of mine are having a baby boy soon and their nursery has a Dr. Seuss theme so of course they are getting a Dr. Seuss quilt! I love bright and colorful quilts but, sometimes Dr. Seuss quilts and projects are made with an overabundance of color and prints. Can you believe I said something has an overabundance of color? Haha! Anyhow, I wanted to make a baby quilt that was fun and featured the Dr. Seuss characters but, that was quieter and a bit more sophisticated.

I introduce to you the “Think and Wonder” quilt (47  x 47″) named after a Dr. Seuss quote that says: “think and wonder, wonder and think”.

This is the very first improv log cabin-y quilt that I have made, can you believe it? I’ve made LOTS of improv log cabin blocks for charity quilts and bee blocks and the like but, this is the first quilt that I did on my own!

I used three Dr. Seuss prints from the first Celebrate Seuss  line by Robert Kaufman for the front and a fun Green Eggs and Ham print for the back. I coordinated with lots of tan, cream and white cotton and linen solids and prints. I also added a bunch of black and white prints including some of my favorites from Suzoko Koseki, Lu Summers, Ed Emberley and a few more.

I think the Horton block is one of my favorite blocks but, I love how all the blocks blend in with one another. Each block features one Seuss character and has a bit of the black and white Seuss stripe. And, though you can’t see it well in the photos, they also each have a piece of the white on white Pearl Bracelet from Lizzy House in them.

Of course, I just HAD to use the black and white Seuss stripe for the binding. And the quilting is a simple grid that contrasts with the improv nature of the piecing and gives a little order to the quilt.

I sort of fell hard for this Green Eggs and Ham print. I was happy that I was able to make this quilt from stash fabrics since I already had the other three Dr. Seuss prints but, I HAD to purchase this print for the back. It completed the quilt for me. The perfect balance of sophistication and whimsy.


And, since it was so awesome, the back is just the Green Eggs and Ham print and the label which features Horton.

A closer look at the label.

I love the contrast between the neutral front and the fun green back.

I had a couple onesies laying around from a previous gift so I appliqued a Green Egg and The Lorax on them.

And, of course, there’s a ball. There’s almost always a ball in my baby gifts.:)

 

[…] these two quilts that I made up for my Think & Wonder pattern. You may remember the first Think & Wonder quilt which featured Dr. Seuss characters. Well, I made two different versions for my pattern artwork. […]

Quiltdivajulie - April 1, 2014 - 7:56 pm

I, too, love Dr. Seuss – but have resisted the fabric line because it is TOO much (and for me that is a lot to say since I adore colors).

Your approach is BRILLIANT!

Lynn @ K&S Design Girls - September 21, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Oh I love this! Amazing.

Pat S - August 13, 2013 - 10:04 am

Love this! Puts my Dr. Seuss log cabin to shame – but I think yours is brilliant.

Melissa D - July 26, 2013 - 6:45 pm

I love this quilt! I love the bits of color in the midst of the neutrals, and I love the back and your labe;, too!

mathea - July 25, 2013 - 12:46 pm

I love this quilt – it’s so elegant and stylish and then you get the surprising bursts of colour when you have a closer look – plenty for baby to explore and a quilt to treasure for a long time after the baby stage. Love the ball!

Alli - July 10, 2013 - 5:53 pm

I super duper dig your quilt’s color scheme! Most Dr. Seuss quilts I see are really bright and primary-color-y, which isn’t really my thing, but yours is awesome! :)

Jeifner - July 10, 2013 - 2:19 am

I really like all the tans/neutrals mixed with the black and white stripes. The pops of character color will be so fun for the baby as it grows up :)

Alison Marie - July 9, 2013 - 8:46 am

I love this – now I really have no desire to finish my all red&blue Dr. Suess quilt for my cousin’s son….I want to start all over again in another direction!

Latifah - July 9, 2013 - 7:29 am

Thanks for all the love everyone! Thanks for letting me know Betty, I’ll look into it – maybe my photos are too big. . .

Betty - July 9, 2013 - 7:26 am

You have such a gift for seeing the possibilities in combinations and making it all work. This is one of the coolest quilts I’ve ever seen and am totally smitten with it!
I’ve followed your blog for a while now and truly love your work (note, I don’t love what engine runs your blog because it just doesn’t load well, herky jerky and slower than molasses). Think I’m doing something wrong?

Carla - July 9, 2013 - 6:03 am

How darling! and a ball to top it off. Very nice

sue - July 8, 2013 - 5:43 pm

fabulous and inspiring!

Jane Holbrook - July 8, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Very pleasing to the spirit. Modern and traditional and sassy and so sweet. I can almost reach in and touch the fabric. You have just made my day. I am in touch with my inner purr.

Mary Ann - July 8, 2013 - 11:53 am

Just fabulous, so sophisticated and playful at the same time.

Tracy - July 8, 2013 - 11:45 am

What a beautiful quilt! A really restful sophisticated quilt that would look lovely anywhere, and then close up its so playful, what a lucky baby!

Christine Sherman - July 8, 2013 - 8:50 am

What an amazing quilt!!

angela - July 8, 2013 - 7:30 am

I love this! Your work is so interesting and pleasing to the eye. Wow.

Ann - July 8, 2013 - 6:19 am

I have not been a fan of the Dr Zuess fabrics nor the quilts. Too, too much for me. But this, this I absolutely love. I have never been accused of being subtle but maybe subtle is the new me ? Thanks for sharing this quilt is inspirational.

PennyDog - July 8, 2013 - 3:38 am

Brilliant! I love the subtlety.

Lady Harvatine - July 7, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Well done latifah! This is the perfect way to make a dr Seuss quilt. I’m not a fan of crazy colorful ones. I love color too but they can just be too much.

Elisabeth - July 7, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Oh Latifah, this is so amazing. You are so talented. <3

Jayne - July 7, 2013 - 7:47 pm

You were very brave taking Dr. Seuss in a less bold way! But…this so works! Brilliant and some little baby is going to cherish this forever! Well done!!

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