Things are coming along nicely with my current baby quilt and as I know it’s not a surprise gift for the couple in question I have decided to post a few photos as I go along, to save you all from endless pictures of fabric I like! As I think I’ve mentioned already, the brief was a unisex quilt featuring thistles and daffodils as the upcoming baby will be of Scottish and Welsh parentage. I was also told that the mum-to-be loves elephants and that the dad-to-be loves cycling. So I came up with a very simple, Scandinavian inspired design of two elephants, each carrying a flower, on a red background and with a sky blue sawtooth edge. The detail and depth will come from the quilted outlines of the elephants getting wider and wider. (Sorry dad-to-be but bicycle-riding flower carrying elephants were a bit out of reach for me!)
The client liked the design but asked for a square patchwork border, like Theo’s and Annie’s quilts, and I was only to happy to oblige so I could use up a bit of the Zoo fabric I used for Sol’s duvet cover. The backing fabric, which will come over the edge to bind the quilt and thus will be visible from the front, is this yummy yellow spot from Fabric Rehab. The nice vibrant red is from my local craft shop, and I used some of the grey floral from Theo’s quilt for the elephants.
The daffodil and thistle went on next and now I am all pinned and set to sew the top and bottom patches on. As with most quilts, the top is moving along quickly- it’s the quilting that takes the time!