Baby Quilt with Natalie by Siffstitch
The girl I nanny is going to a baby shower on Sunday. Her former nanny is expecting her first child, a little girl. I offered to help Natalie knit a hat or booties, but she upped the ante by suggesting a quilt. I figured we could make a simple quilt, so the next day we went to Pacific Fabrics. For an hour. But it was worth it: Natalie found the perfect fabric for a baby whose mother is from France (Paris Panache Words and Paris Panache Eiffel Tower by Robert Kaufman, and coordinating polka dot fabric by Michael Miller Fabrics LLC). We got a fat quarter of each, plus a yard and a third of pink flannel.
I helped Natalie cut the fat quarters into 16x16 inch squares, and then cut the flannel to make a border and a backing. We sewed the fat quarters together, then the border, then layered batting, flannel, and the quilt top; sewed that; turned it, and top-stitched. Not even two hours for all that! Natalie also used a fabric pen to sign and date it (I blanked out her last name). There's some puckering on the back (which is just the same pink as on the edges of the front), but for our first quilt, I think Nat and I did well!