Nobody would know the baby's sex until it arrived, but I was sure all along it would be a girl. Jessica's water broke, we spoke on the phone while she was waiting for the contractions to really begin and I started on the quilt that night. Here it is:
Jessica and I have been sewing together for years and independently, even longer. So as much as I loved my little collection of Wonderland fabric with all its sewing imagery, I knew I had to make it into a quilt for Jessica's little one. Elvie was born the next day, and the quilt was finished a few weeks later.
This quilt is responsible for helping me rediscover my love for embroidery. I remember working on some of it while staying in a hotel during our first visit to Knoxville; I love a sewing project that can travel easily!
I pieced the backing and binding from fat quarters I got at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. For those who aren't familiar, this fabric is near impossible to find in person, so I was thrilled to discover that another vendor was selling bundles of it.
The quilting was done by machine: first in the ditch around the square, then outlined by about 3/8-1/2" inch. With all the pivoting at corners, it was a great use of my Bernina Free Hand System (that knee-lift thinger)!
I've been waiting to write this one for a while, thinking perhaps I would write a pattern or organize a sew-along based on Elvie's quilt. Obviously that didn't come together, but if anyone is interested, I'd happily write a tutorial! The block is quick to construct, and the step where you make it crooked is very fun. Exciting, even! So how about it?
And finally, I made coordinating bibs for Elvie, thinking she wouldn't really need them until she started eating solid food. I was very wrong! Apparently, babies are DROOLY. Who knew?