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Baby's momma didn't want to get too carried away with pink, so she sent me a picture of the nursery colors.  The rug became the inspiration for the quilt.

I really had to dig through my stash for the dark navy and pale pink, being careful of the prints in order to match the contemporary feel of the rug.  Putting tans and grays together threw me for a bit, but it all seems to work.  There is also cream and white.  The body of the quilt is made from strips of half-hexies using 2 1/2" strips cut with a 60 degree ruler - a first for me, and kind of fun.  The resulting hexagons were 4", which I thought was a nice size for this baby quilt.  There are CT fabrics in here from a long-ago indigo collection, vintage fabrics from my great-aunt's stash, and some of my own scraps.  This used up the last of some smaller or odd-sized pieces.  

To make it feel a little more feminine, I attempted a scalloped the border using freezer paper folded in half, then fourths, etc to cut an arc that would fit evenly across the sides and another one for the ends.  It worked, but I've decided that once might be enough.  I like the look, but thought it was a booger to get to lay flat and just more fiddly when it came to stitching the binding than what I want to mess with.    

For more separation between the hexies and the border, I used Clover Quick Bias (a 1/4" fusible black bias tape).  I've had it for years and never used it.  I think I originally purchased it thinking I'd do some Celtic knot quilts and never did.  It was pretty handy to fuse to the top and then I just top-stitched both sides.   

I machine quilted this one very simply.  No free-motion quilting, just 1/4" inside the hexies and a couple of lines meant to mimic the curve of the scallops in the outside border.  (The border quilting didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped, but live and learn.) 

Here's the scrappy (again) back:

The batting is Hobb's Heirloom Cotton (natural) and the quilt measures roughly 38 x 46".  I had just enough (barely) of a scrap of navy for the continuous bias binding. 

It is ready to go to its new home.  This great-niece was born a couple of weeks ago.  The next quilt will be for a little guy due in October.  

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 2, 2018 at 3:10pm

Thanks, Barbara.  It's finally at its new home, and I'm slowly getting started on "the next" baby quilt.  You'd think I came from a family of rabbits or something...

Comment by Barbara Graham on October 2, 2018 at 11:15am

Great job! The scalloped border really makes it special!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 27, 2018 at 5:21am

Thanks, handstitcher.  This would have been a nice one to hand quilt, but for time.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on September 27, 2018 at 4:38am

I love the baby quilt! What a great mix of colors and old and new fabrics. You’ve really developed a nice eye for mixing fabrics. I’m sure the baby and her family will love it!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 26, 2018 at 8:12am

Thanks, Sharon.   Yes, I'm super critical of my own work.  Seem to see the flaws rather than appreciate what has been done well.  I do take great delight in the process, though, and each one brings a small measure of joy just because.  And I always want to have an attitude of willingness to learn.  If I ever get to the place where I think I know it all, it might be time to hang it up.  

Comment by Sharon Reeves on September 26, 2018 at 7:13am
Remember not to be so critical of your beautiful quilt. No one else will see what you see. I think you did an awesome job for doing something you hadn't done before. Relax and take in the praise of your work. The baby will have this for years to come and will love it.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 26, 2018 at 5:24am

Thanks, Pam.  Sort of a mini family baby boom.  :)  It's sure been keeping me motivated to be in my quilting corner.   

Comment by Pam/NY on September 26, 2018 at 5:01am

Your family is growing leaps and bounds! You have been busy with baby quilts! This is special...lots of labor of love. They will love it...great job, lady!!!!!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 26, 2018 at 4:43am

Very kind, Barb, but you wouldn't think so if you could see it close up.  :)

Shannon - thank you!  It is a unique color combination - something I probably would never have thought to put together without a visual aid.    

Comment by Shannon, ON on September 25, 2018 at 11:26pm

super nice and very unique! like the pink with the neutrals.

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