And I wanted to make him a quilt.
I had a bit of a brainstorm.... autographed squares. I took 6.5-inch squares of Kona Snow and fabric markers to my daughter's baby shower. The guests all designed a square for baby Nico.
I had also found a line of fabric in colors that I thought my daughter would like and bought some yards and half-yards to play with (and a coordinating solid brown) ... because I had no idea what I wanted to make.
Hmmm... where to start..... I thought a star would be nice.... or maybe a pinwheel... so first thing was to make some half-square triangles. I wanted them to square out between 6-6.5-inches so I cut 7-inch squares and made a bunch of them. I chose 4-5 of the fabrics.... cut 7-inch strips (then squares), cut the brown also and started making half-square triangles...... BUT
I saw that I was not going to have enough brown for the whole quilt.... so I only did half of each chosen color with that brown.. and had to hunt for something similar when I went to town... Yikes - I found a suitable brown that did not match Brown #1.. but decided that it was a seriously scrappy quilt anyway so I forged ahead! Bought 2 yards so I wouldn't run out again and kept moving!
Anyway - I got the triangle squares and the plain squares done enough to play - and chose a star design. And pieced the top in time for the shower (Go Me!)
(You can see the 2 browns in the photo.. I alternated the blocks so it works! My favorite quilt saying is: "There are no mistakes... just creative design changes!")
3 weeks later, baby Nico made his appearance.... and I pieced some rail fence strips to put between squares on the back.. and we rounded up a few more squares from visitors and relatives... which took another 2 months....
And then pulling it all together and figuring out how to quilt it.... took a little longer.. but he had his new quilt by the time he was 5 months old - so.... not too bad :-)
I had one too many autograph blocks including my own so I used mine as the label!
This is not a complicated quilt but I am really proud of it. It's the first finished quilt where I chose the fabrics and played and came up with my own design with no pattern. The quilting is basic grid along the square block lines.