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.