When we first talked, the mama-to-be had a few ideas about designs and colors and we made a Pinterest board to collect some ideas, but basically left the rest up to me. She asked for a chevron or triangle pattern in the colors: Mint, Aqua, Navy, White, Grey, and Apple Green.
I pulled some fabric and shared it with her before I started and she was thrilled. It's a mixture of Cotton+Steel, Lotta Jansdotter, and some printed fabric from Modern Yardage. (On a side note: the Modern Yardage fabrics suggest prewashing. The colors faded pretty significantly. Not sure if I would try fabric from them again.) In less than an hour I had a lovely stack of triangles ready to sew up.
I laid the pieces out into rows on the floor. A quick black and white photo ensured that the different values were spread out and I was ready to sew.
I just love how quickly these types of quilts sew up. Especially in a baby size. By about 4 PM I had a finished quilt top ready to go!
On Sunday afternoon I pin basted the quilt, using two layers of batting to help make it extra soft and cuddly. In less than 2 hours I was able to finish about 75% of the quilting. I'm using a grey/blue aurifil thread and echo quilting on each side of the diagonal lines. Quick. Easy. Satisfying.
I had hoped to finish this up this week and use the rest of the time until her baby shower to make a bumper (I'm hoping to channel my inner Rachel) and a few other surprises for the parents-to-be but life threw a curve ball at us.
On Monday, my husband was hit by a truck while cycling and is currently in the hospital recovering from arm surgery and a partially collapsed lung. He is in good spirits but tired and sore. He has no broken bones and just some scrapes and bruises besides the lung and arm. We acknowledge how incredibly lucky he is. All things considered, this is the best case scenario in a bad situation. They expect he'll make a full recovery but for someone accustomed to being highly active this will be very hard for him. In the meantime your prayers would be appreciated.