One of my best pals recently welcomed a new baby into their family and I wanted to help celebrate this by making a quilt. Now, if you know Dan, you know that he is a big fan of, in his words, the greatest sci-fi trilogy of all time: Back to the Future.
So I decided to make a BTTF-themed baby quilt. Is it traditional? No. Is it pink or in any other way distinctly female, as this baby is a girl? No. Does anyone involved care about any of these things? No.
I started out thinking I’d do panels, each depicting something from the movies.
Fairly quickly, though, I decided that this was going to be too literal for my taste and that I wanted to do something else. Then I came up with the idea of making the background of the quilt an interpretation of the giant speaker at the very beginning of the first movie.
I overlaid the distinctive arrows over top of this, at both the top and bottom of the quilt. I feel like this is a nice happy medium of inspired by, but not too directly a literal depiction of, this movie.
While I was designing, I laid out the fabrics from my stash that were in keeping with the colors from the original movie poster.
I picked out the ones that I felt fit best, and then started with the center of the quilt.
Working my way out from the center, I added the sections of the speaker until I had the entire quilt top completed.
Then I cut out and assembled the pieces for the arrows and pinned them in place on the quilt top. For the arrows, I chose fabrics that have a flame-esque pattern.
To contrast the designed quilt top, I wanted the backing to be color blocked with bright colors and patterns.
This allows the quilting, which follows the shapes of the speaker and arrows, to show a neat pattern on the back.
I am so pleased with how the finished product turned out!
The quilt is whimsical but not cutesy, and keeps the BTTF theme while not being too grown-up-ish. And it was well-received by Dan and his family!