making my own napkins and loving it


babies be appreciative
April 8, 2009, 11:29 pm
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so, the quilt was finally finished, just in time for me to wash and dry it before my trip!  it was delivered to its recipients last night, after a delicious dinner of roast chicken, greek-style mashed potatoes, and brownie sundaes.  unfortunately, i had no real means of wrapping the quilt, and it seemed wasteful to buy a gift bag, so it was presented rather unceremoniously in a bryn mawr college campus bookshop bag.  eh.

so, here it is, in all its completed, quilted, fully-bound glory:

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all the fabrics shrank just the right amount in the wash, giving it that oh-so-perfect crinkly quilt look and feel.  and the fish, seahorses, and octopi are just as cute post-spin cycle!

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this was the first quilt that i’ve bound in a true quilt-binding style, so i was a little nervous about how it would turn out.  it certainly took eons, and my poor fingertips were quite sore at the end, but i think the binding turned out beautifully, and the bright orange really sort of pulls the colors together and brightens up the pale-blue that dominates the front.

and, of course, i had to include one of my nifty tags!

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i’m so incredibly happy with this quilt.  it feels like the first “real” quilt i’ve made because each and every square was pieced together,  because i used real batting, instead of just backing it with polar fleece, and because i made a real binding and sewed it on by hand.  and while it’s not the first quilt i’ve given as a gift, the fact that it’s a baby gift for a dear friend makes it extra-special and meaningful.

in the end, despite the lack of wrapping paper and sappy cards, both parents-to-be were very touched and grateful, and when i woke up this morning, tristan informed me that last night, as he lay in bed falling asleep, he was thinking of the quilt.  in his own words:  “i could see the baby on the quilt.”  it doesn’t get any better than that.