I haven’t had a whole lot of time to work on personal projects lately, but recently I found out that a friend of mine was pregnant! Not only that, but she and her husband decided to quit their jobs and travel Europe for 2 months. Then they would be moving to New Zealand. She is from New Zealand, so I figured she would go back one day, but it was sad to see her go. I wanted to make her a little something before she left, so I decided a baby blanket would be fitting. Even though I still owe two very special people baby blankets, I was on a time crunch with her, so I whipped this one up in a day a few weekends ago.
I used my stash of Dr. Seuss fabrics, since the sex of the baby is still unknown. I figured Dr. Seuss is a pretty gender neutral theme.
The other fabrics in the quilt were what I had in my stash from other projects that never went anywhere. The grey on the front was supposed to be the backing to a quilt that will never get made. And the backing fabric is a lovely dot pattern. I had originally picked this fabric up to make a hand bag, but that project never panned out either. This piece of fabric was just the right fit for the quilt too. I didn’t have to seam it at all, which made the whole process so much quicker.
I meander quilted this on my longarm, and I think it turned out just lovely. I have always loved the look of a nice all over meander as it really ties everything together once the quilt is done. I really didn’t like the grey before quilting, but after, it just blends in so well.
I wasn’t sure what to do for the binding, so I decided to play it safe and went with the same grey I used in the top.
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I am very pleased with this little quilt, I even remembered to put a label on it!! That way all the New Zealanders will know that this quilt was handmade by someone in the US.
My friend seemed very pleased with the quilt, and I hope her new baby enjoys it as well. Now I must get my behind in gear and get to finishing up two more promised baby quilts.