A warm welcome!

Today my mother's side of the family was blessed with a tiny addition!

What better day to share the completion of a recent project in my newest cousin's honor.

I try not to hoard, but lately I have realized that my collection of quilting cotton might suggest that I actually make quilts.  Since that was not the case, I decided to give it a try and put some of these vintage prints to good use.  A gift to give is better than a waste of space, and my cousin was expecting a baby!  Perfect!

I have no idea when or where I acquired these adorable bunny prints, but I thought using all three colorways in a simple, repetitive design would allow me to focus on learning the techniques, rather than worry about color matching and themes and all that.  I decided to make the yellow print the center of the design, and to echo it in the border, because we weren't going to know the sex of the baby (but that stuff's all BS anyway, right?  I just like yellow).

You can see in the sketchbook pictured above ^ two variations of the same pattern, just shifted over by one column.  I think it's remarkable how much of a difference it makes visually.  I look at the pattern on the left and I see little diamond shaped units, but the version on the right (which I ultimately chose) seems to extend beyond its border.  Do you agree?

I searched my local library and found a book which I proceeded to fall in LOVE with!  It's called Quilting Step by Step and it answered literally every question I've ever had about how quilting works.  Armed with theoretical knowledge, I dove right in, and within 3 weeks or so (during most of which I was otherwise unemployed)  I had a small quilt! perfectly crib-sized, colorful, soft, and machine-washable!  Anyway, I am pleased, and I'll be making more, I'm sure.  

The off-white triangles in the quilt top are actually a very delicate floral, printed in white on muslin, so it's tricky to see from straight on.  The border and binding are Kona Cotton, in Snow and Curry.  For the backing, I used a lovely, old-fashioned print (I've forgotten the name) that I bought (along with the Kona) from Modern Domestic on Alberta street in Portland, a shop I would highly recommend.  You won't find many bargains there, but you will find plenty of inspiration, high-quality products, and very friendly staff. 

I didn't buy quite enough backing fabric to properly back the quilt in one piece.  That was a dreadfully annoying mistake that I will not be making again.  Other than that, the process was fairly smooth.  I have surmised that constant ironing is essential, that measurements are not, that hand quilting is where it's at, and that none of this takes quite as long as you'd think.  

You can see the white floral here, though the yellow print is more like the eggy color above.

Hand stitching the binding was the most time-consuming part of the process.

If there's a skill you've been dying to learn, why not peruse your library this summer?  Sometimes a good how-to is all you need to get started.  

In conclusion, welcome to the world, kid!  You lucked out on the family front.