So kids, the quilt was a HUGE hit! And so were the dress and the top. But let me tell you, BOY was I nervous as the gifts were being opened.
As each present was opened,
I was thinking to myself, these are all registry gifts! These gifts aren't fun all all (except for some cute t-shirts and a black bob marley onesie that said "roots rock baby" -- I want one!). But what if what they really want are all the practical things because they need them? Will they like my handmade gifts?
I mean, I would like my handmade gifts, especially if all everyone was getting me were registry items, right? Granted, I'm biased because I'm the one that spent hours and hours on these gifts. But you need something special to be the potential item to start the heirloom collection, right?
So they finally get to my gift, and it is the LAST gift they open. And I'm ALL nervous. The last gift needs to be a good one. She got plenty of other blankets and ones that match the crib sheet set. This is just another blanket and it doesn't even match the pastel pink of the crib sheets. They even got their Baby Bjorn and breast pump and were totally stoked about them. Can a quilt and some garments top that?
And yes, yes it did! (Apologies for the dark photos. It was raining like crazy this weekend so it made outdoor photos and good light nearly impossible)
I was so happy! Both mama and papa loved the quilt! When I talked to her after the crowd dispersed, she told me, "This is going with her EVERYWHERE."
Now this, people, is why I love gifting handmade.
Now onto the details.
Pattern: Log Cabin
Size: 40" x 40"
Fabrics: Thai Batik Print, Kona Cotton, Kaffe Fassett Aboriginal Dot
Never would I ever thought that log cabin squares would be so fun and addicting. My original inspiration for the quilt was the log cabin one in the Last Minute Quilted and Patchwork quilts, the one with the Amy Butler print paired with the coordinating cotton that matched the background. I originally wanted to find solid to match the darker purple background in the print, but could only find a pink/magenta that matched the foreground swirls. But I'm glad it worked out this way because it makes the quilt a lot brighter and more cheerful. I also LOVE the yellow I used for the back and the binding. The Aboriginal Dot print was perfect, too, keeping the feel of the batik print on the front.
I quilted by following the checkmarks and then stabilized it by stitching in the ditch to outline each of the squares. It took me a few tries and many opinions to finally land on this arrangement. But I'm really happy with it.
My other favorite part of the quilt is the center square, the parrot. For those people that may have OCD tendencies, like me, and need to know which side is the right side. The parrot helps establish that.
And last but not least, a photo in natural light that most accurately represents the colors. Oh, an I almost forgot, I handstitched the binding. Never again will I machine stitch the binding on. It's so much prettier and cleaner when you hand stitch it. Also, never try to attach the binding in one session. Save your eyes!
Told you it was raining!
And now onto the garments. So the bloomers never made it to the shower. I was in the process of threading the waist elastic and just got too frustrated with the process. They've been promised for future delivery.
Pattern: Butterick 3405, View C
Pattern: Butterick 3405, View A
This is a really easy, straightforward pattern. I made no modifications to the pattern other than attaching the collar binding by sewing it on with the machine instead of by hand. This will probably be my go to pattern for little baby girl presents if I don't have time to punch out a quilt.
The little details I love..
Awww, little pintucks!
Oooh, pearl snaps! -- as cute as they are, they're pretty violent to put in, hammer required.
Oh! A ruffle!
Perfection! - collar binding
My signature tag, in lieu of a proper label
Now if this doesn't make you want to become my friend and have a baby girl, then I don't know how much more perfect I could have made this gift.* Go start making babies!! Okay just kidding.
*I'm normally not this conceited, honestly. The reaction from friend just made my weekend. I'm so glad she loved everything!