I ask you, couldn't you just cuddle up with this in a rocking chair? I can just imagine her baby boy playing on the floor on his fuzzy blanky for tummy time. There's a tutorial to help you make one of these for your own little darling under my tutorial tab at the top of the page.
Moving on to the MAIN event - a quilt for my new grand daughter! Baby June (that's what Papa and I are calling her) is due the first part of June so I have no time to waste. I found this adorable owl fabric which blends perfectly with the color scheme in the nursery she'll be sharing with two year old big sister Paige. I don't know yet how I'll use this or even if I will but the important part is that it has inspired me to more forward with designing my project.
I have some fabric from Connecting Threads in my stash that blends perfectly with those owls. I love to mix embroidery and piecing in my quilts and if you check out the quilts tab you'll see ways I've done that in the past. Embroidery designs from Embroidery Library, Baby Animals in Pajamas, so cute but so stitch dense. Each design is around 50,000 stitches and takes up to two and a half hours to stitch if nothing goes amiss (your threads never break, tangle, twist or ...). Those kind of things NEVER happen to me! See my Screw-up Fairy post if you don't believe me.
8 1/2 inch blocks with 2 1/2 inch sashing blocks I think. What do you think? I'll keep stitching and playing.
Finally, I managed to complete my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for February. The February color is pink and that was the challenge for me. PINK! Up until two years ago I never touched the stuff. I'm the mother of three sons, grandmother of four grandsons and until darling Claire came into my life I never had any occasion to buy, use or consort with pink. I did manage to find some very old, very small scraps of pink in my stash and came up with these three blocks for the RCC.
Isn't it amazing how changing the orientation of a few pieces can so radically change the block? Geometry baby! That dark pink is a polyester blend (gasp) and the light pink is so thin you could read newspaper through it. I can see I'm going to have to go shopping, poor pitiful me. After all, come June I'll have three grand daughters to sew for!
As usual on Mondays I'm linking up to Patchwork Times and Design Wall Monday - thanks Judy.