I have always been a big fan of British literature, the BBC, Harry Potter, British movies, etc. I have found that I'm not alone in my admiration and knew this would be the perfect baby gift for a fellow British-loving friend.
I searched for a while for tutorials for the Union Jack but couldn't decide on one to use. I also thought about creating a large paper-piecing template to create one but changed my mind. I ended up finding a Union Jack panel by Riley Blake on Fabric.com. Not only did is save me lots of time, it also was the perfect size for a baby quilt.
For the quilting, I kept my lines tight and echoed the Union Jack pattern. I also changed the thread color to match the color on the flag.
I was hoping the thread color change would give the illusion of the Union Jack on the back of the quilt, but I think the print on the back didn't allow for the quilting to come through quite as well. I love the backing fabric too much to care in the long run.
The mopeds on the back tie in perfectly with the travel-themed nursery and the road map of London hanging above the crib. Such a great theme for a little boy!
Once the baby outgrows his quilt, this will be a perfect wall-hanging for decoration.