My brother-in-law and his wife are about to have a baby girl! To say that I’m excited is an understatement. Yesterday we had a baby shower. I decided that a quilt would a perfect shower gift. I started pulling fabric, and ended up with a variety of colors. I decided that a chevron pattern would be the perfect way to show them off. I used Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom’s easy chevron tutorial, which turned out to be a huge time saver. I made sure to iron well to keep it straight and make sure that the corners lined up. I also used starch to ensure precision. I used 8″ squares which created a generous baby/lap size quilt (around 40″ by 50″). I used Kona fabric in khaki to break up the colors.
I backed it with a solid piece of quilting fabric. I went with a slightly darker background in case the quilt spent time on the floor. I made my own binding with a piece of charcoal colored fabric that had a slight pattern. I followed the chevron line when I was quilting, and quilted 1/2″ from the line on either side. It took a bit of maneuvering to get the middle section through my machine, but using a walking foot helped with keeping my stitches the same length. I absolutely love the way that this quilt came together. I have enough leftover fabric that I’m thinking about making one for myself. I might add a couple blocks to make it larger.
The shower was green so we weren’t supposed to wrap any of the gifts. I used my quilt as wrapping paper, and placed a few items in the middle. I made another Nutbrown Hare Hat using a chocolate yarn, and in size 3-6 months. I was able to finish the baby knit hat that I was working on a couple of Wednesdays ago. Lastly, I made a little headband using some leftover felt and some fold over elastic. I folded up each side of the quilt, then rolled it. I tied it with a large ribbon and my gift was ready to go. I can’t wait to meet my niece – only 1 month left!