I have a new great-niece. Holly was born in December and I was so excited to design and stitch a quilt just for her. Holly’s mom, Sarah, indicated that she liked the colors green, pink and brown…so I searched until I found just the right color combination. The result, I think, is a very feminine baby quilt for a beautiful little girl!
The size of this quilt is 47″ X 40.5″ – a little larger than most baby quilts, but small enough for a baby and big enough for her to grow into. The block fabric is a combination of Aviary by 3 Sisters for Moda and Back Porch Bouquet by Bate and Taylor for Maywood Studios. I used a Kona Cotton solid in Deep Rose to frame each block and give it a little “pop” off the cream sashing. Also, for the first time, I made cornerstones in my sashing which I think gives the quilt a little whimsy. I pieced the border using left over scraps of the main fabric and bound it with a dainty pink stripe fabric by Anna Griffin for Windham Fabrics.
The backing on this quilt is probably my most favorite to date. I used a Minky dot in off white which is absolutely fabulous. It is silky and so very, very soft – perfect for a baby. You can see all the Minky fabrics here. I used a silk batting – warm but light.
I worried about quilting this one because everyone told me that the Minky had a lot of stretch to it. So I pinned the heck out of it, took a deep breath and went to it. I quilted this with straight vertical lines in the sashing, then quilted around the inside of each block. The result is a soft, drapey quilt, perfect for snuggling!
This weekend Holly and her mom and dad (Sarah and Nate) came up for a visit and I got to give Holly her quilt in person.
Sweet dreams, Holly!