One of my favorite friends had a baby awhile back. I was suprisngly on top of things and found the inspiration for a great baby quilt months before Kate was due. I started tracing and cutting my pieces way ahead of the big arrival.
Or so I thought. Little Quinn came early, early enough to scare her mother and send me into a panic (about my friend, not the quilt) when I heard the news. And so I stopped. I mean, if you can't get the quilt to the lady before the baby is born, there's really no rush to get it to her right after the birth. Nobody cares about a quilt when they're trying to figure out how to be a parent and get milk to come out of their breasts. Right?
That's what I told myself. So I hemmed and hawed (and forgot to sew down the inside of the letters) and jacked up binding and was very nearly ready to give up. It went to time out. And just after her first birthday, I took another look and deemed it good enough for public consumption, so I put it into the mail and hoped it wasn't too late or too dumb or too...homemade.
And looking at it now, from a distance of both time and location, I can say that I rather like it. It's fun, it's cute without being girly, and it will hopefully have many years of being dragged through the mud and sick-tummy cuddles.
It was super simple to make. I used Kona Cotton for the background and words. I did the words in, uh, Word, printed them, then transferred them to double-sided fusible web. Once everything was in place, I stitched over the edges with my machine's blanket stitch. Not the neatest finish, but I got better as I went along.
The quilting is actually my first attempt at all-over free-motion, and I had a blast. I did lots and lots of rambling daisies and outlined the letters. It went surprisingly fast - I got all the quilting and binding done during a one-day KCMQG retreat.
The back is probably my favorite part. I just love that fabric. I picked it up during the KCMQG's first weekend retreat in 2012 with this quilt specifically in mind. It took a long time to get there, but I think it was worth the wait.