I found a really cute baby quilt called Yoo Hoo on the Internet, but it only measured 35" x 44" and I needed it to be bigger. So using it as my guide, I made my own version. (You can click on the picture and it will take you to the Lambs & Ivy website where I found it.)
With the animals in mind, I made my background first, using big scraps of fabrics I had on hand The overall background measured approximately 36" x 40". The left side measured 12" x 40" and the right side was a little wider at 16" x 40".
Once the background was made, I drew my animals on the back side of Christmas paper (my favorite pattern paper) and appliqued them in place.
I added a 3" pale blue gingham border to the quilt.
For their faces, I used slick fabric paint (I used Tulip brand). I could have embroidered their features, too, but since this is for a rambunctious little boy and the quilt is likely to be laundered often, I felt paint would better suit his needs. (When I make quilts for babies and toddlers, I avoid using buttons or embellishments that can be removed and swallowed.)
I left the paint to dry overnight, then the next day I added the final borders to the quilt. To the border of pale blue gingham I added a 1-1/2" turquoise blue border. The last border was a 5" plaid print. After binding the quilt, it measured approximately 46" x 60", the perfect size for Aidan's new toddler bed.
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