When I saw the Emmy Grace fabric line by Bari J., I knew I had to use them for a baby girl quilt. The colors are amazing together, and definitely say "baby girl" without hitting you over the head with pink. Those who know me know I am very much not a pink person. Not that I don't like, or wear, or use the color, I just don't want to bathe in it. Luckily, I just happened to know someone having a baby girl.
I went with a small 4.5" square (finished) hourglass block - I thought it would show off the fabrics well, but still be interesting by itself. I also picked up some coordinating solids and paired them with the more low volume fabrics from the line.
I love the fishing girl! For some reason, the whole line strikes me as a little bit southern, which worked out since the recipients live in South Carolina.
For the back, I got a little stuck. I was trying to stick with what I had on hand, and I also wanted it to be simple. I ended up color blocking with the leftover solids from the front. I'm not sure I'm 100% sold on it, but it is what it is. I used the 3 colors of Ripple for the binding and I do love how that turned out. I also tried the Quilter's Dream Angel batting in their lowest loft. It is a 100% natural flame retardant batting and very soft and drapey. It paired well with the Art Gallery fabrics, since they are especially soft, too. I will definitely be using this batting again.
I fussy-cut my fishing girl for the label and hand embroidered baby girl's name and birthday on it. I was really happy with how it came out. Then I made the fatal error of using interfacing on the label before hand stitching it to the quilt back. Ugh, when it came out of the dryer I wanted to cry! Why oh why do I always forget the rippling effect of interfacing! I was not redoing it though, so off it went. I just hope they don't notice or don't mind!
This isn't the greatest shot, but at least you can see the whole thing. Hopefully the weather will be getting more Spring-like so I can get outside to take pictures - or at least get better lighting in the house!