Over the last couple of months I had been trying to ignore the several quilt projects that were waiting for completion. The Follow the Leader quilt needed to be basted and quilted. The return of my Dinosaur donation quilt from being machine quilted needed to have binding and a label added. The stained glass quilt required a label. But all of this was put on hold while I put my efforts into making a baby quilt for a co-worker. After all, I had a deadline to meet which became more pressing when I discovered that a baby shower was in the works a month sooner than my anticipated finish.
I have never entered a fabric shop and felt that there was a print that I absolutely had to have, but on one particular visit I spotted a very cute owl print and knew that I needed this particular fabric. Next to the owls was a fabric of autumn leaves that matched quite nicely with the owls, so I bought yardage of both prints and stored them in my stash to await the right moment of creativity. A few months later, when I discovered my co-worker was expecting her first baby, I knew the time was right for my owl fabric.
Before buying additional fabric, I needed to come up with a design. I wanted the owls to be the focus of the quilt, so I toyed with an Attic Window block, and then a nine patch but neither one seemed to work. Finally I decided that a Snowball black alternating with a nine patch block would be perfect. Once I had the design, I was ready to find additional fabric that would complement the colors in the owl fabric. I pulled a gold from my stash before heading to my local quilt shop to find a green and silver that would complete the design.
The two blocks I had chosen were not difficult to construct. The difficult part was trying to figure out how I wanted to quilt the completed top. I thought about it for a while before I decided to outline the owls and the acorns within the Snowball block and add a crescent moon in the four corners. The nine patch took a little more thought but I finally settled on hearts in the gold patches, stars in the silver and a big fat owl in the green center. Since there was already a lot going on in the leaf border, I stitched a chain of oak leaves along the outer edge of the quilt.
I finished the binding and “Watching over You” label two days before the shower. The recipient seemed pleased with her gift.