Although we weren't sure it would be a boy, our 17th grand-nephew was born in December! I selected the fabrics for this quilt before he was born, and tried to find something gender-neutral.
Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts carried this darling animal print panel, as well as coordinating yardage with a smaller print that I could use for the back. What they didn't have was a coordinating stripe to go with it, but luckily, I was able to find one that went pretty well.
So what makes this quilt a little special? Well, I decided to use the coordinating stripe to create 'prairie points' to trim the edges. I found a great tutorial on-line that explained how make the prairie points using a strip of fabric, and it made the project go very fast! (http://www.favequilts.com/Borders/Video-Tutorial-How-to-Sew-Continuous-Prairie-Points/ct/1) One caution here: if you use a stripe, like I did, the direction of the stripe changes with each point...I kind of liked that, since it was for a child's quilt, but if you were using this technique on an adult quilt, you may want to stay away from a print with a one-way design.
|Prairie points make a tactile border -- great for a baby quilt!|
It's hard to see in the photo, but I machine quilted along the outline of each animal, and in the elephant's case, around his trunk and feet. A few of the leaves were quilted, too. It was just enough to keep the batting from shifting during the many washings this little quilt will undergo.
Here's a funny story: my niece called me to thank me for the quilt, but told me that her 18-month-old son thought it was for him! He recognizes many of the animals, and just loves it! I told her to make a switch -- let Johnnie keep the new quilt, and give the quilt I made for her oldest to the new baby. He will never know the difference!