My dear friend Debra was due with her second girl in April. One of the first quilts I ever made was a stacked coin quilt for her older daughter, Annabelle.
When I make a baby quilt, I try to match the personality of the mom, because I can’t really tell what the baby is going to be like (though I actually did dream about Debra’s baby a year before she was born).
I met Debra in Grad School and together we made the great trek from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles where we were roommates. She is sweet, preppy, fresh, and no-nonsense. Her daughter was going to be named Clara, after a grandmother who liked elephants.
What immediately came to mind was “Urban Circus” by Laurie Wisbrun For Robert Kaufman Fabrics, so I decided to base my colors and fabrics around it.
All the other fabrics came from my stash. Some were even from Liam’s baby quilt. I love keeping all our babies connected across the miles.
I was introduced to the Garden Fence quilt block through one of my bee members, Yolanda. You can find the tutorial over at Hyacinth Quilt Designs.
I sashed with FreeSpirit “Arctic White” (INCREDIBLY soft) and did a free-motion meander on my Janome:
It’s such a simple block that comes together to create a visually stunning quilt.
Bliss flannel on the back makes everything so snuggly.
There is nothing more satisfying than a photo of a baby enjoying her quilt.
Welcome to the world, Clara!