Long before Ashley was even pregnant with her daughter, I bought two Daysail charm packs to stash away for the possibility of her ever having a girl. She and Brian are obsessed with sailing and I knew I should grab some "feminine sailing" fabrics, as that is not a very common theme! I am so glad I did, making a bunch of "Daysail" projects was a lot of fun.
Of course, I had to make a quilt. I used the Moda Bakeshop tutorial, Charming Stars, by Stefanie of Little Lady Patchwork. I made just 9 blocks, it was a very easy and enjoyable project. Initially, i was just going to do red solid stars in the middle of every block, but by adding pink and blue, I was able to use a lot more of the Daysail squares without anything blending in with surrounding fabrics too much.
I sashed the blocks with a Cloud9 background fabric from my stash- I was *so* close to not having enough, but I managed to find some scraps of it, which helped me have just enough to make it work. I thought about sashing the blocks in white, but I just couldn't do it. I really don't like using too much white for a baby quilt!
I finished this quilt while my parents were visiting last week. It was such a busy time, but I knew I wanted to get everything done in time for my mom to take the sewn gifts home (as they live about 45 minutes from Ashley and Brian). Stippling a quilt is the fastest way for me to quilt on my domestic machine, but I am so tired of doing that. I decided to try a decorative stitch and sew it along across my quilt. It's like waves, right?
I used stash fabrics for the back and purchased a Bonnie and Camille basic stripe for the binding.
I made a tiny Geranium dress, size 3-6 months, for the baby too. Isn't it just darling?! I happened to have these Daysail fabrics in my stash- but I wish I had first remembered that I had a whole half yard of the aqua sailboat fabric. Having a large stash can have some drawbacks!
Eventually, I remembered that I had the aqua sailboat fabric and I went ahead and made some bibs and a diaper pouch.
Here's all of the themed gifts together. Isn't it so fun?!
It feels so good to have finished up all this stuff and I know it will be appreciated. It feels kind of weird to have lots of freedom on what to choose to sew next.... I will say that I have big news on a big change that is coming to my "sewing life." I'll share more soon!