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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? 

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 19, 2012 at 6:19am

Thanks, everyone.  This was a fun one to make.  

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on April 18, 2012 at 6:59pm

What a darling quilt - looks like it was made especially to match the cake!  No wonder your quilt was so well received.  Great job!

Comment by Terry F on April 18, 2012 at 1:36pm

Very creative and clever way to use a panel, I can see why your niece loved it and I'm sure her child will too.  It's definitely a "cuddle up quilt"!  Great cake too!

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on April 18, 2012 at 12:50pm

PQ, the quilt turned out adorable!  Love the combination of piecing and the appliqué.

Comment by Kathy Biggs/MO on April 18, 2012 at 12:32pm

Love, love,love that quilt! Great creative job with it. And the cake looked fabulous also.

Comment by Joan on April 18, 2012 at 11:56am

Way to go, P.Q.!  Amazing how you could put that together so quickly.  And the cake goes perfectly. 

Comment by Connie/KS on April 18, 2012 at 9:50am

The quilt and cake are both darling. You did a great job on the quilt.

Comment by ranchmom/OR on April 18, 2012 at 6:59am

That is adorable, as Pam said your family has many talents!

Comment by Pam/NY on April 18, 2012 at 5:35am

You are so creative! That quilt is awesome...great designing! Bet you couldn't wait until she opened it! The cake is awesome...your family has many talents!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on April 18, 2012 at 4:36am

What a happy quilt, PQ! No wonder your niece is thrilled with it. I can't believe you whipped it up so quickly!

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