Another baby quilt completed during this Year of ALL THE BABIES™! This was for another friend from college, and I decided to bust out the coveted Briar Rose charm packs that I had been saving for “something special.” She had mentioned in Facebook comments that she hoped to not “drown in a sea of pink,” and Briar Rose is the perfect amount of girly without a lot of pink, in my opinion.
My oldest daughter, Emily, helped me out with piecing the top as part of her summer chores (I’ve assigned one hour of sewing to her everyday in the hopes that she’ll start making a dent in some of her WIPs). I then took over from there with the quilting and finishing.
I was stressing pretty bad about the baby quilts when I started quilting this one, and I just decided to let go of all of the expectations of getting gifts done before the babies were born so I could actually enjoy the process of making the gifts. I was going to burn through the quilting on this with a simple stipple design, but the quilt spoke to me and it wanted some sort of floral quilting. Floral stipple? Nope. Chrysanthemum all-over design? Nope. And then the idea of vines and clover popped into my head, and the quilt clapped its hands in excitement, and off we went. It took longer to do, but I’m so glad I went that route. It was a good exercise in doing something new.
I tracked down some Briar Rose yardage* for the back, which made my matchy-matchy heart so happy, and I dipped into my preciously-hoarded stash of my own Briar Rose yardage for the binding.
I decided to take some time and also have fun with the label, and I love how it turned out…little, teeny pinwheels! Oh, be still my heart. Love, love, love.
It’s simple patchwork, yes, but I’m super proud of it–beautiful fabric, new quilting design, and adorable little label. It makes me smile to look at the pictures every time I see them. AND it was a joint project with my girl…win-win all around.