It's been a long time since I posted here (or on my food blog), but I am sure everyone is sick of hearing my excuses, so let's just pretend I have been posting regularly ;) One of my friends gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl a couple of months ago and as soon as she announced she was pregnant I got excited because I knew it meant I would get to make my first by quilt. At the time I thought I had ages to get it done, but then all of a sudden she was born and I was quiltless! So I kept putting off meeting up with her so that I could get the quilt made, but the quilt kept getting put to the bottom of my to do list. I finally caught up with her over lunch a couple of weeks ago and ended up making this quilt in ONE NIGHT. Luckily baby quilts come together quickly! Although it is quite large for a baby quilt because I didn't want her to grow out of it too quickly.
Some of you may recognise the purple and blue materials as they are the same as the big quilt that I am making myself (which I still haven't finished). This quilt is much smaller, so I left out a few of the fabrics and I also went with a simple squares pattern to save time. I spent about half an hour figuring out where to put each of the blocks and then managed to sew them all wrong (it was 3 in the morning at that stage) - so I ended up just doing it randomly and I don't think it turned out too badly.
I backed it with a cute heart flannel that I had bought a while ago to make some cloth pads, but haven't got around to it. There is still enough leftover to make a couple one day though. The heart flannel wasn't quite long enough for the backing, so I added a strip of plain pink flannel, which I think looks quite effective with the label there. The label itself was just made with t-shirt transfer, but it was the black type, so I am not too sure how long it will last. Hopefully it doesn't disintegrate on the first wash!
I wrapped it up in a pretty ribbon and gave it to the mother with a cute elephant wrist rattle and a set of Tupperware snack cups as they always come in handy for babies and I have lots of them lying around as I am a demonstrator. The snack cups have a lifetime guarantee, so they will last for ages even if the quilt falls apart (hopefully it doesn't!).
I had so much fun making this quilt and it has spurred me on to get my own one finished - once all the university assignments are out of the way of course! Damn Uni, interfering with my quilting bug!