A married niece had her baby shower on Sunday (April 15th). The notification came just about a week ahead of that, so it was a little last minute. My quilt was even more so.
I knew she'd chosen a jungle theme for this baby quite some time ago. I had a Bazooples baby zoo animal panel and "Best Friends" pattern from Quilter's World, April 2008 that had been on my "to-do" list since 2008. (You know how that is...) I've been working on my daughter's DWR and another niece's graduation quilt and didn't think I'd have time - or should take time - to start another quilt.
One day in February or March, I thought i needed a break from those projects and started playing with FQs and scraps for this quilt. I thought maybe if I just kitted it up, it would be ready should I decide to put it together "someday." So that's what I did and set it aside.
On Wednesday before the shower, I decided to jump in and see how it went. If I didn't make the deadline, no harm done, I could give it to her later. Baby isn't due until late June. It went together quickly and easily in one afternoon. The background is pieced with the animal panel cut up and appliqued using a lightweight iron-on fusible. I do not free-motion quilt, so I used a buttonhole stitch to secure the applique pieces and did a simple, straight-line, stitch in the ditch quilting on the background. It was not without its issues with slight puckers in places, but that's the norm when I machine-quilt. However, after washing and drying it, they were thankfully pretty unnoticeable. I finished stitching down the binding Saturday evening. It is a little over sized for a baby quilt at 53 x 64, but hopefully it will be snuggled and loved to pieces.
My niece seemed to be thrilled with it, which is always the reaction we hope for as quilters.
I'll also add a picture of the cake her aunt made for her. Cute, huh?