Almost all of the quilts I've done so far have been for gifts. When my niece Sadie was born in February, my sister actually asked me to make a quilt for her like I had for my nephew Ethan a year prior. What an honor -- especially considering Ethan's was my second quilt ever and not one I'd flaunt in my portfolio! But, I was up to my ears at the time Sadie was due on the oversized queen quilt I was making for my sister-in-law's wedding present in May, so I put it on the back burner since Sadie couldn't actually use the quilt for about a year.
I did ask Erin to send me the color of Sadie's room so I could match fabrics and get going on it as soon as I was freed up, but in a moment of innovation, Lowe's decided to re-do their paint colors last spring and little Sadie's purple color no longer existed in the repertoire. :o) Erin is bringing the can of paint for Sadie's room to my brother's wedding in St. Louis this weekend so I can finally get started on Sadie's quilt! Hopefully I can do it in time for her first birthday with all of the other fall madness.
I've been holding off on starting another new quilting project since I finished my sis-in-law's in May so I could concentrate all my time and energy on Sadie. With the prospect of color inspiration coming soon, baby quilts are on my brain! Here's a brilliant post about why we tend to rush through baby quilts with some really cute pictures from Kim at whipup.net. My fave is the bottom one from Small Means -- adorable! Since I'm already so late on Sadie's quilt, I'm determined to make it beautiful and special -- not just thrown together. Thanks for the inspiration!