my baby brother and his girlfriend surprised the whole family when they announced they were having a baby a few months back. she had expressed interest in my most recent quilt, so i knew this was the perfect opportunity to make her (or the baby, whatever) a quilt. when they found out it was a boy, she told me that they were planning a black and white nursery, with simple geometric patterns and woodland creatures, specifically foxes. it was a little out of my comfort zone (which is all the colors all the time), but i ran with it, plotting, planning, pinning.
then, magically, when we were in sequim, washington, i went to a fabric shop and found the most perfect fabrics of all time. i definitely bought waaaaay too much, but i didn’t have a specific plan and knew that i would not be able to come back to that shop anytime soon. 🙂
eventually, i decided to make a more simple back, using the big animal panels. and a wonky star front, in more my style. then, when i was in salt lake city (heber city, really), i was able to knock out the quilt in one week of being a totally lazy, ipad allowing parent.
i made the back first, to make sure i had enough giant hunks of fabric. then, i got to work on the wonky, scrappy-ish star blocks for the front. but. i hated that middle block. i felt like it was too halloweeny. but, i was out of time for the day, so fixing it would have to wait for the morning.
i made a new block to replace the halloween block, and scaled down the orange in a couple other blocks and had a layout i liked. i added some sashing and borders to make it feel like the blocks were floating, quilted it up (free motion meander, of course), and it was good to go.
now, i just had to hope that my vision matched with the prospective parents’ vision. i sent the quilt back with my mom after she visited us in salt lake city and she hand delivered it. later that night i received a text from them with this pic, and they were super pleased with it (or so they said) and it even matches my brother’s bengals gear.