I think baby quilts are my very favorite thing to make. Every stitch is a labor of love, as I think about the new baby that's going to be using it. This one is for my dear friend V, whose daughter O, now two-and-a-half, was the recipient of my second-ever quilt. Her new son, C, was born last week, and this is his quilt.
Many of the Japanese fabrics, both the blues (with frogs! and owls! and bunnies!) and the reds with the traditional Japanese patterns, are from Japan; I ordered them from Fabric Tales, and I was absolutely delighted with their customer service and selection. I was a little wary of ordering fabric from so far away, but I was stunned at how quickly it arrived (and for a very reasonable shipping cost).
The backing fabric is from Birch Fabrics and the binding is a dot I had in my stash.
I love hand quilting because I can do it with my neglected husband, sitting companionably in front of a movie and cursing loudly when I jab my middle finger (always in the same place) with the needle. I decided to quilt this in a contrasting white because the grey blocks (Kona coal) were a little blah when it was all pieced.
PS: I promise my next project will not involve Kona coal (even though I still have about 3 yards of it in my stash).