I really really want to tell you this little story. :)
No big plot or drama here, just how I enjoyed every minute and every second of making a very special baby quilt - one for our first, beautiful, can-hardly-wait-to-be-born little granddaughter!
I already started a bit in a previous post, here but now here is a whole story.
For now, while young parents are still choosing the name, her nickname is Peaches. I just love it so much.
Mommy-to-be loves pale, gentle pinks and purples and she had fun picking fabrics from my stash and she did it so well! The idea for the quilt came from the fact that mommy loves elephants and from Pinterest, but I couldn't get the pattern (wasn't available any more). Not that I would really need one, but I wanted to honor the original idea and inspiration. It was this one:
HERE on lovely blog of Piper Girls.
So we were going to do our own...
First, beautiful fabric selections by my lovely Lauren (mommy to be) and Jelena (auntie-to-be):
Aren't these colors and patterns so soft and beautiful?
And all from the stash - almost unbelievable! ;)
Since some colors were 5" charm packs and some from 10" Layer cakes, I had to skip Thangles for making half-square triangles (my fave way to do HSTs, talked about them HERE
and go back to good old lines on the back of the squares...It helps to have handy tools though - I like these Frixion pens and this skinny little ruler that serves only this purpose (at least for me):
So here are all my square pairs (two of each color combo, so that I will have 4 HSTs that are the same, for one pinwheel block).
Yeah, some pretty yellows are missing here... Note to self, to get some!
OK, back to sewing now! Stack them up, chain-piece, keep the order... Ha ha, does this "sewing in order" make sense to anyone else or is it just my crazy head?
I played and played with block layouts but somehow this streak of yellows accross the quilt was speaking to me - like a little spot of sunshine for the elephant family to live in. :)
Then came auditioning for some solid pinks for mommy and baby elephant - those two pinks looked the best.
Now it was time to DRAW - yeiks! I am really not that good at drawing, but little by little...I came up with this:
For this applique I fused Mistyfuse on the back of solid fabric and then I even turned the edges under. This little quilt will be loved and washed and needed to be sturdy too.
Those elephant ears needed to be 3D too - cut the elephants on that left line of the ear, traced the ear shapes on two separate pieces of fabric, stitched them together, turned right side out, stuffed with little piece of batting and then stitched into the seam that joined elephant head and body back together. Here is a bit of a close-up:
Mommy's ear was done and baby's was still just pinned here. Wish I took more photos as I went, but again, I guess I just had too much fun!
Once elephant family was all done, blocks were sewn together and elephants fused in place! Time to have some fun quilting!
Before any free-motion quilting fun, I did stitch all around my little elephant family - again, this quilt will be loved and cuddled to pieces and I wanted it to be ready for that! You know, I really was thinking about all this while stitching...imagining this little one using it, dragging it around, wrapping her dolls in it later... such joy. :)
I first quilted my little Peaches - gave her some curls on the forehead, a little bird on top...
Then I quilted some flowers for beauty:
And a bird to sing:
And many other things too - curlicues and vines, sunshine too... I had so, so much fun!
Slowed down considerably, biting my tongue all the way...and VOILA:
" Love you Peaches" is written across the top third of the quilt! (Photo above is in 3 sections, just to show more detail). I was so proud of myself and so happy, I almost cried! :)
Oh and in case you are wondering - all this fun was done with this lovely, soft pink shade of 50wt Aurifil that totally stole my heart! And I am not even a "pink kinda girl" as they say!
Total #Aurilove .
You can probably see that writing a little better (although in reverse) on the back of the quilt:
First, I found this perfect minky fabric for it, and quite by chance too. Then I got to fulfill new mom's wish to incorporate a piece of HER favorite blankie (when she was a baby) into the back of the quilt - that is a pink stripe you see. And then, see that little blue heart? That is a small piece of new daddy's onesie, when he was a baby:
I wish I can write better to be able to express all my emotions...but hey, here are more pictures instead:
My wonderful daughter-in-law wrote me a thank you card that I will cherish forever. I am such a lucky, lucky Grammy-to-be.
You know, just writing all this was such a joy!
Thank you so much for spending some time with me, I loved sharing this story. I honestly and deeply feel so lucky and grateful to have this luxury of expressing my heart in stitches and fabric. It is a privilege to never take for granted.
Tell me, do you have a special quilt you made? Or quilts? One you remember so well?
With a smile on my face and wishing many for you too,