It’s been a while…a very long while. As I sat down to write this entry, I honestly had no idea where to begin. If you have been reading BunnyCakes for over a year and half, you might know me…if not, I am A (K’s sister and [new] mother to O). After taking a little bit of a breather (tough pregnancy resulting in a precious baby who doesn’t nap), I am back. Well, back for the time being.
My first post back is not surprisingly baby related, although, not my baby. My group of friends is experiencing a bit of a baby boom. Exciting stuff! Baby boom equals baby quilt boom. In my opinion, nothing says welcome to the world like some handmade love! Although my free time is now very limited, I still try to do a little something for friends who are having babies. My old standby was a knitted baby hat and although I still enjoy knitting, I have been lured away to the world of faster gratification that quilting offers (yes, I am a turtle slow knitter).
The first baby blanket is a pattern called “Winner’s bouquet.” I originally discovered this pattern in my local quilt shop and fell in love. After being convinced that “it’s really not that hard” I decided to take the plunge (which resulted in a generous down and dirty lesson from said quilt shop---I bet they don’t tell anyone that “it’s really not that hard” anymore!). After learning a few quick tricks, the quilt pattern and I came to an "understanding." Since my co-worker is having a girl she wanted a color palette of pink. Luckily for me, my baby is a boy, and so the stash is well stocked with pinks. A majority of the fabrics are from Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern and Midwest Modern II… fabric lines that I just love!
The second baby quilt is a slightly modified version of a pattern in Jodi Barrow’s Square in a Square booklet. This quilt is also for a co-worker (I seriously stopped drinking the water at work…it’s spiked with something). This was one of the first time I used the square in a square ruler and I have to say, it lives up to the hype! This quilt top came together in just a few short, enjoyable hours. The fabrics are: Alexander Henry’s Teeny Tiny Zoo and the green fabric is Michael Miller’s Zen Garden (in pear).