Baby quilt for a friend

I’m notorious for giving gifts late. More often than not, Christmas and birthdays are accompanied by IOUs. I have good intentions and big ambitions for homemade presents but unfortunately, I seldom deliver. At least on time.

The five of us are due within 2 weeks of each other. There must've been something in the water!
The five of us are due within 2 weeks of each other. There must’ve been something in the water!

My friend Shannon’s baby shower gift was no different. A few weeks ago we gathered in the Portland sun to celebrate her little boy, who’s due this Friday. When she reached for the “It’s a boy!” bag from me, I had to warn her: “Sorry, it’s not finished. I have to take it back!”

Well, now it’s finished!

Shannon's nursery has a Montana theme, so I wanted the quilt to look organic and woodsy.
Shannon’s nursery has a Montana theme, so I wanted the quilt to look organic and woodsy.

This baby quilt gave me a lot of trouble. I had a grand vision of chevrons in a variety of greens and creams to evoke the outdoors. But after I’d cut out a million diamonds, I realized I’d mismeasured. The sides didn’t match up.

I took a break from the quilt. I was frustrated. Then I came back, figuring I’d just cut the diamonds into strips and make a scrappy string quilt. But because the edges were cut at an angle, the strips were all wavy and wonky. I took another break.

The proximity of Finn's cuteness inspired me to make it work.
The proximity of Finn’s cuteness inspired me to make it work.

Finally, I figured I’d just go with the wonkiness. Somehow, it turned out! I’m happy with it now, even though the dimensions of the quilt are a little strange.

IMG_1786Lessons I learned:

  • Stepping back from a project gone wrong can open you up to new ideas. I ended up really liking the finished product despite it looking nothing like my original vision.
  • Making your own bias tape for the binding is a huge pain. I’ll probably just buy the premade tape from now on.
  • Flexibility is key, especially when you’re making up a pattern on your own. I’ll try not to be so rigid next time.

Happy (belated) shower, Shannon! I can’t wait to meet your little guy!

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