First, I have pieced all the blocks for Strip Stax....
I love the colors in this quilt! It's so hard to see the fabrics in an all-over shot like this, but here is a close-up of some of these fun warm fabrics shining out of that gorgeous blue background! I have not yet completely decided how I will border it.
My next project start will be a baby quilt for our newest granddaughter, Genevieve Rose, who was born in March.
Since the gender had been a secret - even from the mommy & daddy! - I needed to wait until after she was born before we could pick a pattern for her quilt. Nikki and I both pinned baby quilts we liked to my Pinterest board, and eventually she picked out her favorite one.
This is the quilt Nikki chose....
Denise of Count it *All* Joy made this oh-so-cute little quilt for her newest granddaughter June, and I loved it so much it was quickly added to the favorites on the Pinterest board. Isn't it adorable? Yep, I think so too!!!
Genevieve's nursery is done in Cranberry with whites and creams as neutrals. Amazingly, since I rarely buy pastels or pinks, I had the perfect fabric on hand for the background....
I fell in love with these fabrics this past winter during a girl's trip to Franklin TN to all the quilt shops there. The Bernina Shop had this print with a few coordinates, and for some reason it just spoke to me! I picked it up and put it down a dozen times! I kept saying, "But it's not my colors. What would I ever use it for?" I even left it there the first visit. But when we went back about a month later, I caved and bought 1-1/2 yards of it. I also bought this sweet pink "grow" text fabric to go with it - I just love text fabrics!!!
Now I'm absolutely delighted to be using to make our sweet baby girl a lovely quilt all her own :*) See the words, "Life" and "Hope" and "Grow" in that pink piece? Those are all the things I will be praying for our little girl as I make this quilt for her!
Out of my stash, I picked out these additional coordinating fabrics for the pennants....
with that deep cranberry in the upper right to bind it and give it some color punch.....
At the local Joann's shop, I found the perfect shade of cranberry yarn to work up her name in the string design! I just love it when a plan comes together, don't you?!? :*D
Denise was kind enough to share her pattern for the little pennants, so I am in the process of tracing off enough of them to make one pennant from each of the coordinating fabrics.
I'm using Heat n Bond Lite and will raw-edge appliqué them to the quilt. I just have to decide whether I want to put on the string first, or stitch down the yarn "string" - I'll keep you posted on that !!!
Genevieve's Baby Quilt is my NewFO Challenge project for May! I will link this up to Barbara's linky party as soon as she opens it up at the end of the month. Be sure to go by and check out all the cool starts!
And don't miss all the fun projects on everyone's design walls today over at Patchwork Times!