Yes, it was my very special friend Laura's baby shower on Sunday, so she needed an extra special gift! After a bit of research I decided upon Noodlehead's divided basket. It was the perfect storage for nappies and baby bits that don't always look so pretty in the nursery - so this seemed like an ideal solution! I think it will certainly brighten up the nursery with the cute Suzy Ultman print, which I've been saving for the perfect project! :)
I think lovely Laura liked them!!
The basket came together quite quickly; once I had spent *hours* auditioning fabric choices! For that reason I omitted the front pocket for the basket as I couldn't find a perfect match (and didn't have enough Suzy U print). The pattern is very clear so you don't feel lost at any stage, and there's lots of helpful photo's to keep you on track. Though I did struggle a lot with the top-stitching around the edge, it took me three attempts to get it finished! I used regular pins but Anna suggested using Clover wonder clips so I may have to invest in those for next time ;)
To make it a little more inviting I filled it with some baby bath toiletries and rubber duckies :)
A few day's before the shower I decided to make a baby quilt too. We don't know if it's going to be a boy or girl so I started pulling a bunch of my low volume fabrics I've been hoarding for too long - which I figured would be ideal for a neutral baby theme. I had planned to make a 'trip around the world' style design but miscalculated the fabric I needed, so in the end I came up with this design ...
I strip pieced 6 rows of prints, and then alternated them - if that makes sense? Perhaps I'll make another one and do a tutorial. I really did enjoy making this. I love making quilts for people when you know they will be loved and appreciated for years to come :) The backing fabric is Happy Go Lucky, Aqua Skip - and I think it might just be the most perfect backing ever! It works so well with the patchwork top, straight line quilting and being a neutral colour for boy/girl. Also my friend has a weakness for mint and turquoise, so it really is perfect! I hand sewed the binding in the nick of time Sunday morning! using Kona Snow.Too many photo's? oh well! I love them so I just couldn't help myself. xo