Making baby quilts is my favorite gift to give. It's a joy to plan the quilt with the new baby in mind and hoping that it will be something they use and cherish. This quilt I made for very special friends, Jennifer & John. They were the first "couple" friends from our first year of marriage. We watched them date & marry, lived in the same apartment complex, celebrated numerous events together, prayed for them as they traveled the world on a missions boat, and now attempt at keeping in touch as they live in Florida and have just had a beautiful baby girl. Jennifer knew I wanted to make her a quilt, so she requested that I make something with flowers. Here's the process of her quilt that I'm calling, Daisy Garden.
I wanted to piece together monochramtic prints to make flowers. So I sketched out a few different ideas but finally settled on something like this:
I liked the idea of alternating the colors, but in the end decided on option 3. I liked how each "flower" would pop out of the design, more than alternating the backgrounds with yellow and green (like options 1 & 2). To make the block, each square is a 2.5" square. To make the points, it's a half square triangle made from 5" blocks to form a 2.5" square when completed. I pieced together the 6 squares in each row from top to bottom. Then sewed the 6 rows together. That's right each block has 36 squares in it! Making this quilt filled with 324 squares! The most detailed quilt I've made! That's love. ;)
One element that was a surprise, was how pretty the negative space of the flowers looked. My challenge for myself this year is to improve my free-motion quilting "talents". I usually quilt with straight lines, but after being inspired by so many beautifully quilted quilts, I knew that they quilt required something special. In the negative white space, I used Elizabeth Hartman's loopy flowers tutorial. Much easier than it looks, and all of them came out beautifully! For the flowers, I wanted the quilting to contrast, so I decided to use a straight line "cross-hatch" pattern, using the squares as my guide to sew on the diagonal.
For the back of the quilt, I used the same pattern of the flower, but blew it up to make one big pattern on the back. I loved it so much! I think I'm going to make one for a whole quilt!
Finally, I knew that I wanted to embroider her name, date, and meaning of name on the back. This took, so much longer than I anticipated!! It may be the only time I do this! But I so love how it came out. It took lots of planning, countless hours, and much of this year to make. But, this is by far my favorite baby quilt I've made!