Last week, my lovely friend Kelly became a mum. Baby Chase was born on 4th June, weighing in at 7lb. And he is a real cutie – I can’t wait to meet him in person!
Of course, as soon as I found out that Kelly was expecting, I began planning the baby quilt I wanted to make. So I took out a fantastic book I’d received at Christmas, Jelly Roll Quilts and More by Kimberly Einmo. It’s the kind of book that makes me want to run into my sewing room and start stitching right away! I love all the patterns in it, but was especially drawn to one called Star Chain, which made me think of night time, and (hopefully, for Kelly’s sake!), sleepy babies.
Now, for my birthday last year, RR subscribed me to The Fat Quarter Shop Jelly Roll Club – this means that every month, a beautiful jelly roll plops into my mailbox. It then gets fondled and petted and oohed and aahed over, before being put away until inspiration strikes (hence the Jelly Roll quilt book for Christmas!) I knew Kelly didn’t want anything too babyish for Chase’s nursery, so as soon as the yummy Noteworthy jelly roll arrived, I knew I’d found the ideal fabric for his quilt. I paired it with some Bella Porcelain as the background fabric (many thanks to Kathy from the Fat Quarter Shop for checking out the ideal match for me – it’s so difficult to do online, and while I’d love to be able to do it in person, quilt shops are less than abundant here in Switzerland, and the range they stock isn’t vast…)
So I set to with gusto, and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I chose to do straight line diagonal quilting through the blocks to keep it simple and to not detract from the beautiful fabric and quilt pattern. The quilt is now winging its way to Kelly, and I hope she’s going to like it.
I wanted the quilt to be crib-sized, so I decided to leave out the piano key border that Kimberly had added in her book, which meant I was left with enough fabric to make another baby quilt – a completely unexpected bonus! I’m not sure yet how I’m going to quilt this one, but as baby Chase is the first of 4 babies due this year, I’m sure it’ll find a good home 🙂