Believe me when I say, I totally lucked out a few weeks ago. My sister, Theresa, was following the quilt auction, and while we had quite a few baby quilts up for auction, she did not see the one she was looking for. Her best friend, Heather, is having her first baby this summer, so Theresa was looking for a quilt to go with the baby boy's nursery.
Meanwhile, I'd been drooling over these fabrics: Les Amis by Patty Sloniger. My husband has no problem with me buying fabric, so long as it's for a specific, meaningful project. Unfortunately, I couldn't think of a good enough reason to splurge on these lovelies.
But Theresa emailed me, requesting a commissioned quilt. I gladly agreed. She then sent me a link to Heather's chosen nursery bedding, and when I saw the gray and white chevron from Pottery Barn, I immediately thought of these fabrics.
And you might really think I'm making this up when I tell you that her next link was to a patchwork quilt of these fabrics found on Etsy. Oh, I would have screamed for joy had it not been naptime... Finally, a reason to buy and work with these fabrics!
What brought me even more joy was when the bundle of fabrics arrived on my doorstep, and I hadn't even paid a penny! Free fabric! (And boy, is it soft!)
So I whipped up this little ditty - 4-inch squares and a charcoal minky backing.
Here are some close-ups of the prints. The sweet owlies are winking at you, Baby!
As a teenager, turtles were my favorite!
And here are all sorts of woodland creatures. Who doesn't love a woodpecker?
Though, I do think that "Socks the Fox" wins as my favorite. Isn't he cute? Not to mention spry...
Of course, the francophile in me loves this title print: "Les Amis de la For
Had to throw in some burp cloths for good measure.
Here's the happy mother-to-be! (Is it just me, or are you, also, having a hard time believing there's a baby bump behind that blanket? You look great, Heather!)
Measures: 33 x 46 inches
Made and quilted by: Me!
Fabrics: Les Amis by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller and minky in charcoal
(The money for this quilt did go toward brain tumor research at Duke. I just can't brag about how much because it was a gift. Thanks for commissioning it, Theresa! Also, if you happen to love it, like I do, you're in luck... there's plenty of extra fabric for a very similar to quilt to debut in the auction next spring!)