One of my best friends, Jennifer, is due with her 2nd baby in the middle of September. Another friend of ours and I hosted a baby shower for Jennifer and I started this quilt WAY late. I really need to make a bunch of quilt tops for boys and girls and then just finish them when I need them done, instead of waiting until a week before the shower and then rushing to get the quilt done. Either way, I think it turned out pretty well, despite a few of the mistakes I made.
I always love when quilts have the contrast strips in the back and this is the first time I did this with one of my quilts. I like the way it turned out.
For the quilting I did a really big stipple pattern on the main part of the top and then a loop pattern on the border. I used pink thread so you could see it a little better, although my free motion quilting still leaves MUCH to be desired.
I love doing baby quilts. They come together relatively quickly and I don’t have to fight them as much to get them through my little sewing machine when I quilt them myself. I think if I did a full sized bed quilt I would probably send it off to be quilted since my machine is really little and I’m just not good at maneuvering that much material around.
I think Jenn liked it and I hope that she and baby girl will get lots of use out of it. Her cousin (pictured in the blue dress) surprised me by crying when Jenn opened the gift. I guess their grandma had always made quilts for new babies in the family and Jenn’s baby girl was the first one that wasn’t going to get a handmade quilt, so she was really happy that she did get one after all.
I have a BUNCH of friends that are pregnant right now, so I’d better get working on my quilts! I love putting them together and seeing the finished products!