A Quilt for Baby River

We live in a very close knit community, so when I found out that our next door neighbors were having a new baby boy, I knew I had to get started on making him something cute. This was the result:

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The apples and pears fabric was a one off that I found at our local Daiso (if you've never been to Daiso, find one immediately. It's a Japanese store and you can find the best stuff there for about $1). I had originally purchased it intending to make hand warmers for Christmas presents...but I wasn't really on the ball about it so it was still hanging around after the holidays and seemed perfect for a baby blankie. The green polka dots was from my stash, and the blue binding is a flannel that I thought would be super soft. It was indeed super soft, but also taught me why most advice on binding calls for cotton - flannel is WAY thick and was tough on my machine in spots, not to mention being bulky at the seams. I managed to tack everything down though!

This is the back:

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The back was from my stash and is flannel again - one of my favorite choices for quilt backing, especially for baby quilts. For the actual quilting part I used white cotton thread and straight stitched some, and then free handed some curved stitching over it. It was a bit more stitching than I usually do, but made it drape really well.

One more of both front and back:

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This one was one of my all time favorite projects - usually I'm pretty critical and see ALL the flaws, but this one makes me smile every time I see it. And as for the recipient, baby River arrived about three weeks ago, happy and healthy, and his mom says he uses the quilt all the time - exactly what we crafters like to hear!