So, it seems that everyone around me is having a baby right now, and every last one of them is a girl! It's very exciting.
This adorable baby-in-the-making is my first niece, affectionately referred to as "the dot" by my fiance and I. She's a 2011 model (but cutting it close!) so she'll be here any day now.
I had the great pleasure of hostessing a baby shower for my sister and the dot this weekend. I'm not going to go over every detail of the party planning, but I'll probably post a few photos (once I get through them all) to describe what I managed to pull off, in case you're planning a similar celebration yourself!
Anyway, I haven't posted in awhile because
While I decided to pick up a few practical items for my sister from her registry, I also wanted to gift the dot something personal and steeped with love, and what can better say that than a handmade baby quilt?
Here is a quick description of how I made the quilt, inspired by this pattern at Red Pepper Quilts. Instead of 1.5" x 5.5" strips, I cut 2" strips that were slightly longer than 4" from a host of pink fabrics that I've been hoarding. I stitched these together into 3 and 5 strip sets, then cut them perpendicularly into 2" strips. I attached these strips to a 4 3/4" center square (my 1/4" seams are a little off, it seems). Alternatively, I sewed 2" white sashes around a 4 3/4" block of my pattern of choice. I pieced the blocks into rows, and then pieced the rows together.
To finish the quilt, I used Warm and White cotton batting (my favourite) and backed the quilt with slightly less than a yard of Kona Cotton Solids in Sangria. I stitched in the ditch with white thread to quilt it... it was done pretty quickly, at the last available moment. My mistake! I almost threw in the towel right there, being too prideful to deliver a gift I deemed less than perfect (and it is definitely sloppy). I'm glad my fiance talked me out of it. Imperfections are perfectly natural!