My coworker is going to have her baby any day now. I finished this quilt just in time! I used a Life in the Jungle layer cake by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake. I chose this fabric because my coworker loves pastels, but I didn't want to make something that looked super babyish. I want her son to continue using it as he gets older. This fabric was perfect. I really like all of the little animals.
For the back, I used a grey spotted flannel by Robert Kaufman. This was the first time I used flannel for a back, and I absolutely love it. Robert Kaufman flannels are very high quality. It is super soft, and it adds an extra bit of dimension to the quilting. I think I'm going to have a hard time choosing between pieced backs and flannel backs in the future.
I quilted each square individually, with swirls around half of them, and wishbones around the others. I alternated seven different designs for the centers of the squares. I am thrilled at how well the quilting shows up on the back.
Of course, I always, always label my quilts. I think it is so sad when no one is left that remembers where a quilt came from. At the very least, I include who the quilt is for, that I made it, and the year it was completed. Sometimes I include a note about the inspiration or the occasion that the quilt was made for. If I name the quilt, that goes on the label, too. This time, I kept it simple.
I was able to swing by her house to drop this off after I finished it. She was absolutely thrilled. She lit up and gave me a great big hug. Is there anything better than giving away a quilt and seeing the sheer delight of the recipient?