I’m “behind” on getting quilts made for all of my friends and relatives who have had babies recently. I once was really good at having them ready by the time the kids were born (can you imagine?!). Now, I’m making a serious effort to get quilts to babies in their first year of life with priority given to the first babies of a family and special effort given if said family has not received a quilt from me for anything. Yes, there are still some of you out there; I’m sure I’ll get to you eventually!
Now that I have that out of my system, presenting:::
And here’s Drake! He’s the first bambino born to Aaron (Josh’s first cousin) and his beautiful wife Amy.
What a sweetie pie! The beautiful photo is by Brooke Baudler.
Drake’s Aunt Missy helped give me ideas for the color scheme of the quilt. Drake’s nursery is green with jungle themed bedding. I found a fat quarter of a stunning Amy Butler print in my fabric stash, and I thought the greens, browns and yellows would coordinate well with jungle colors. I only had the fat quarter (a cut of fabric measuring 18” x 22”), so I cut it in half lengthwise and offset the two pieces to give the print a bigger impact across the quilt. I used other fabrics I had in my stash to coordinate with the focus fabric, cut them all the same size and sewed them together. Working without a pattern is freeing and fun and using large portions of a single fabric also make the piecing a breeze.
I quilted the top using an all-over serpentine meandering design: simple, fast, effective. I bound it using the double-fold binding method via machine on the back and front and don’t think I’ll go back to doing hand-tacking on the back unless I ever enter a quilt in a show (at this point I’m not sure if that’ll ever happen – and I’m ok with that).
We got to visit Drake at his new house to give him his quilt. It was a pretty sweet visit overall: the babe, the new house… the cake pops made by Amy! Speaking of which, Drake’s mama is accepting specialty cake orders for events (you know, like, Monday could be an event – I personally believe that having cake constitutes an event and not the other way around), you should check out her website: Sweet Zee’s Bakery.
I still have a few more quilts to share with you, check back later this week to see what other quilts have gone out my door. =)