Safari Baby Quilt

Friends of mine are due to have a baby boy any day now, and I got his new quilt done just in time.

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Several months ago, I got a yard and a half of Safari Sweet Organic by Alyssa Thomas for Clothworks, in color Y0779-35, on sale at my local fabric shop. I was really excited because I'd been eyeing it on the bolt for a while (and Clothworks is local for me, which I love), but I had so many other things going. I couldn't pass up the price though, so I bought it and stashed it until I was coming up with ideas for the new baby. This fabric is perfect for a baby quilt; it's so soft (seriously, this is the softest cotton I've ever worked with) and the tiny safari animals are really sweet (I also found out later that their nursery is safari themed, so it was a good choice).

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I've been wanting to try pinwheels for a while, and I thought the low volume print needed a brighter companion, so I set out to find out what other patterns were in the collection. It turns out that I came a little late to the game with this particular line, so I had some trouble, but I finally found the orange stripes. I absolutely love the colors; I think the hints of lavender and mint with the orange are unexpected and work well in a baby quilt without knocking you over the head with the cutesy.

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I'm really excited about the piecing and quilting aspects of this one. I cut all the pieces with my die cutter, and obsessively ironed each time I sewed two pieces together. Ironing is one of those things you think you don't need when you first start sewing...and then you get more experience and figure out it's actually pretty important! I've been working on getting my seams straight, but this is the first quilt top that I've been really happy with in that area. I was so excited about how straight my seams were, I tried the outline method for the first time (I've always felt that my seams were too wonky to follow in the past).

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For the back, I went with more Michael Miller (yes, I'm in love with their flannel fabrics), in Sweet Owlies.

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Winking owls! Couldn't get any cuter, right?

The binding is just plain white cotton. I debated for a long time about making it a color, but in the end I didn't want to take away from the pattern of the quilt top.

ImageI think the only thing I would change on this one would be to double the batting; since I used such a bright backing, it could have used another layer. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with it, and hopefully the new baby boy will feel the same way!