Sunday, January 15, 2017

Team work!

At last, it's done!
And it's just the purrfect little baby quilt, if I do say so myself! I know these aren't normally the colours that come to mind when you think of baby... but I don't like to be predictable.

When my coworker told me she was expecting, she also told me they were keeping the baby's gender a surprise. When I went on the hunt for fabrics, I looked for ones that would work for a boy or a girl.

I knew I wanted a "cat" theme, as the blanket I made for her first child had cats. The cat fabric I found was part of a bundle that included the solid brown and beige. While perfectly gender neutral, it was a little on the dull size. Then I found the orange/yellow/black print, which was also a bundle including the solid orange and yellow. I decided that would give it enough zing, while still suitable for boy or girl.
Of course, once I started cutting, I realized it probably wasn't going to be enough. So I rummaged through my (small) stash and came up with the orange/gray/brown paw prints on white, and the white paw prints on black. Both which couldn't have matched better if I'd bought them to. All I needed was something for the sashing and the back.
Again... leopard print is not something you usually think of for a baby... but as I was piecing my blocks, it was what kept coming to mind. I got incredibly lucky and found these two print in a remnant bin at 50% off.
I got two pieces of each to be safe (just under two metres of each), and I REALLY lucked out when one of the pieces was the exact perfect size for the back - we didn't have to piece it at all.
As you know, I contracted the quilting part out to Mom. She's loving her free motion foot, and did a nice meandering squiggle all over the surface.
As an added bonus, she bound it for me too!

Coworker's baby ended up being a girl... and she's almost six months old! So this is getting packed up and mailed off first thing (she's a long-distance coworker, located in California). Thank goodness it takes a while for babies to outgrow blankies!

And I've got some fabric coming for another Mother/Daughter collaboration... stay tuned!


Araignee said...

I love it! I made a similar one for the oldest Grand and I found it in his playroom last week while I was sitting. He was playing tent with it. He's 4 now so you are right. They never outgrow a good blankie.

The Well Fed Wheel said...

It's just darling! I'd say it all came together beautifully. Lucky coworker!

kathy b said...

It is just beautiful. The yellows are so bright and cheerful. The pink in the cats cheeks are sweet. What a gift!! i Know they will treasure if for years to come. Love the mom daughter duo for the complete team effort.

Cat Lover said...

You and your Mom did a wonderful job. Looks great!

Vera said...

I love this. So beautiful. And I love that it is not a typical "baby" quilt. Well done - both of you!

Delighted Hands said...

Nice work getting it done, Mom/Daughter!
It is always a wonderful gift to give a quilt!