Can you believe that we have officially begun the 4th week of 2015 already? Come this weekend, it will already be February and two weeks of there, love will be in the air all over us! While today isn’t Valentine’s just yet, I do have some love to share with you! That baby crib quilt set I have been working on, the one I have spoken about for the past few months off and on… ya that one, it is
finally done. I am now able to share it as it has been received at its forever home!
This quilt was very difficult for me. It was difficult for me because it was not something that I would run-to or appealing to my eye when I was working on the overall design of it. I loved the animal prints, I loved all the prints themselves… but I was finding difficulty figuring out what to do with all of them.
I believe what made it the most difficult was the pressure I put on myself as the mother-to-be at the time’s original focus was the owls in this print line. Unfortunately there weren’t many owls in the panel due to the way it was cut. Luckily her fiance is a fisherman/hunter and so she was in love with the entire line to begin with. I didn’t allow the pressure to be removed from me until near the end though (now only if I can do that from the beginning and I would have less stress).
I ended up quilting it really with lots of loop-de-loops with a few leaves and flowers mixed in along with the baby’s name, full name and initials randomly throughout. I love the extra personal touch that it gives the quilt as they can’t really go ‘unpicking’ the quilting… it is forever bound to them and them alone.
I apologize for the horrible photos, the weather has not been nice enough for me to take it outside without possibly getting it muddy and with the light fabric print on this one, I couldn’t risk it. Once again a solid back color was used (customer request) and the quilting always shows through really nicely, including the nativity seen with the panels in the center… I was surprised to turn it around and realize you could actually tell what the animals were from the back quilting. More tracing quilting in the future? I think so.
One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the border. I just did wavy lines back and forth and tried to slant them to the angle towards the corresponding corners. It ended up looking like zebra print, which fits with the animal theme and I think it fit well, it framed it nicely to say the least. Once I did finish this quilt, I was much more satisfied with it and taking a step back, I really admire the pix-elated feeling of the low volume and darker volume fabric. It’s a very sweet and soft quilt, with not allowing it to be too girly for a mom who is not so girly and tolerable enough for the father who is a serious hunter/fisherman.
Along with the quilt I also made two crib sheets and two large floor/cuddle pillows. They were approx. 24 x 24 pillows and thought they would be perfect for floor and couch snuggling. I quilted them both with diagonal straight lines. I really wanted to keep those for myself (I am obsessed with pillows). The new mother received the package this past Saturday and she LOVED it. When she let me know she received it and gave me a generous compliment, there was a joke that she would finally be going into labor that night now that the baby’s quilt had arrived. Wouldn’t you know? I woke up the next morning to see that she had JUST delivered their first bundle of joy? Her water broke at 12:05 a.m. I was so happy to see them all happy, healthy and full of smiles! I can’t wait to see the newest little one enjoying her new personalized quilt!
I won’t lie, it makes you stand a little taller and smile big when you receive compliments such as this. I was just very happy they all loved it.
Here it is… now sitting in its new forever home. How cute is this baby room? Now to add baby to the picture and it would literally be picture perfect.