Mod Chevrons Baby Blanket

Remember this design? My friend Aliya saw it and ordered one for a good friend of hers, who just had a baby. Meet the yellow and grey blankie 2.0 (I think I've now settled on "Mod Chevrons" for the title...given how much people like it, I'm sure I'll be making more!):

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I made it teeny bit bigger this time around, and I used a slightly different yellow polka dot fabric too. I couldn't find the original one that I used, so I ordered a couple of yards of Kiss Dot by Michael Miller and hoped that it would be close...I ended up loving it even more than the original! Michael Miller's cottons have an almost silky feel, and don't seem to fray as easily as some other ones that I've used. I loved quilting with it it, and it washed up nicely (even though I forgot to prewash!). For the back I also ended up with a Michael Miller print, this time in a flannel called Zoology:

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I'm so in love with those teal hippos, I may go back to get more to make myself some PJs :). For the actual quilting, I went with free motion swirls and curlicues. When talking with Aliya about what she was looking for, she kept saying "girly", so it seemed right.

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She also asked me to embroider the initials and birth date on the back:

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I just freehanded it, trying to keep up the swirly theme, and I think it turned out pretty well. A little ribbon and some washing instructions...

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...and it was ready for this cutie pie!

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A big thanks to baby J's mommy and daddy for sending and letting me post the pictures - seeing the blankie being loved made my day!

And a programming note - I'm trying something new this week by linking up to Leah Day's Free Motion Friday roundup. You should definitely check out all the other AMAZING links!