Remember my last post when I said that I was going to make a quilt for my cousin's new baby? Well I actually did it! Okay, so I just did the top part, but I think that was my major hurdle.
I've never made a quilt before, and I felt totally intimidated. I did a little bit of questing online for different quilts that I thought were attractive and not too complicated (I needed to have it finished by this Wednesday). I chose a strip quilt because I thought that I couldn't really mess it up too badly.
Step one was digging out my favorite kid themed fabric prints. Step two was deciding on a color pallette and then selecting prints within that pallete. I chose Heather Ross' Swimming mermaids first, and I had a LOT of other prints by her, but I didn't think it made a cohesive theme to pair swimming mermaids with VW vans and bikes, so I nixed the overly terrestrial prints.
I put in some fish, some sea horses, and some prints that reminded me of seaweed and beach blossoms. The one print that might be a digression is the linen strip that depicts the main characters from the fairy tale, The Owl and the Pussycat. But they're in a boat, and I love it, so there.I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. Now I have to work on the back and put it all together. I would love to bind it in a bold, high contrast stripe, (espresso brown and white?) but I don't have anything like that. We'll see what I come up with; wish me luck! Please excuse my photos for this post; the light is pretty bad right now because of all of the overcast. But you get the idea!