At the beginning of the week we received the news that New Zealand friends Anna and Tony became grandparents on 14th August when Libby Rose made her way into the world. Always lovely news to receive!
Initially we didn't know whether the baby was going to be a boy or girl but one of the 4 quilts I was making was very pink and girly and I had earmarked it for this NZ baby should she be a girl. I had already quilted it up to the space I had left at the top for the appliqued name. So this week I have added both names - Libby Rose - and also another border of the candy striped border fabric. I realised once the letters were in place that it needed another border to look balanced. Fortunately I had plenty of fabric left and more than enough batting and backing at the top for another border to be added. Phew!!!
The quilt is loosely based on a quilt called "Flowery Applique Quilt", a Lynne Edwards' design from her book called 'Making Scrap Quilts to Use it Up!". However I have substituted my favourite Sun Bonnet Sues for the flower clusters and also put a simplified flower in some of the appliqued blocks, alternating with Nine Patch blocks.
I think this quilt will be well received by baby's Mum and Dad as it's a very traditional design and Shelley and Anthony appear to be a traditional couple. We had an emailed photo of the baby all dressed in knitted garments made by Nana Anna. Gorgeous!
Now it is bound and finished and I have embroidered the label for the back of the quilt.
On Monday I will take it to the Post Office and send it on its way to NZ. I could have posted it today but didn't fancy the idea of it being held in some Sorting Office waiting for Monday. I am always nervous until I know my quilts have arrived safely.
In view of the candy striped border fabrics I have called this quilt "Sugar Candy", just right for a sweet little baby girl.
And a couple of close-ups:
Everything used in this quilt came from stash including the pretty backing fabric which has been in my backings drawer for years. Every time I have tried to use it the fabric just didn't seem quite right but this time it was. :
I love the cute little red cat faces dotted around the fabric:
And I have a small piece left to include in patches in future girly baby quilts.