Happy Saturday! Why yes, this is the fifth day in a row that I've blogged. Thanks for noticing! No, I haven't been finishing quilts every day this week. I just had Deadly Blog Backup Syndrome. Turns out that sewing is more fun than writing about sewing. Who knew?
But you didn't tune in to read about blogging, now did you? Too meta. So let's talk quilts instead! Today's finishes are both for babies, so small and cute is the name of the game. The one at the top of this post is a gift for my niece and her third baby. He's due any day now.
When I asked for the nursery theme, she sent this Spoonflower fabric sample. I went looking for a paper pieced curled up fox, and found this one on Etsy. I really don't like paper piecing, and this darned fox reminded me why!
Fortunately, he turned out ok for such a sneaky guy.
For the trees, I've always wanted to try Bright Birch Trees by Crazy Mom Quilts. Someone did a tutorial on the pattern a while ago, and I had that saved on my computer. Instead of doing bright trees, I stuck with black, white and gray scraps for a more natural look. Well, if you consider little anchors embedded in the bark "natural."
A soothing navy backing with little moons will hopefully help baby to snooze. My niece and her family live in Colorado, so I'm calling this one "Sleepy Fox in the Aspens." (Birches, aspens, they're all skinny stripey trunks, right?) It has arrived safely and is brightening up the nursery now.
I made this second baby quilt during Sandra's Beothuk Star quilt along last summer. In a fit of over achievement, I cut fabric for two of the design. The second set of HSTs sat quietly in a baggie until January of this year. Using the colors from butterflies in the center star, I chose purple, green and orange accent fabrics.
When all the blocks are premade, a quilt comes together quickly! Swirly quilting makes it soft and snuggly. And at 42" square, a single piece of this fun orange kangaroo design makes a fast backing and easy binding. Coincidentally, the first Beothuk quilt was given to my other niece's baby! This one, however, has been donated to Little Lambs Foundation.