By the time I figured out what I'd be doing as her birthday gift, I had 3 weeks to get fabric picked out and the quilt made. In that time, our cat got sick and ultimately went to heaven so I ended up taking a week off from any sewing. In my haste to get the blanket finished for the party, I forgot to take measurements, but it's approximately 40" x 50". There are 9 geese across the top/bottom and 12 geese on both sides. It has a hot pink flannel backing. To attach the three layers (top, batting, backing) in the large center area, I used felt flower buttons... so fun.
Fabric choices... oh this was hard. Renee likes the peace sign, vibrant colors, tie-dye, etc. The large inner rectangle was my focus fabric and I spent 2 days at 3 different fabric stores finding coordinating items. I had something like 5 or 6 fabrics picked out, all of them had a pattern. It was really bothering me, it was too busy and just didn't work. One final evening, on my way out to dinner with my husband, I stopped into a quilt shop called The Needle and I in Everett. I needed at least one solid color to pull this all together. The gals in that shop were great, and they had exactly what I needed. We talked some fabric strategy and I left with a better plan than I went in with. Finally, I could get started feeling good about my choices.
For the finished product, I packed it into a large plastic bag and made a 'label' out of card stock so it would look a little like something bought in a store. We looked up 60's lingo to try and make it look like it came from that time. I downloaded some hippy fonts and we were set! The 'advertising' I put on the label said:
- Use of this blanket guaranteed to provide peaceful naps
- Made from all "natural" materials
- It's so boss
- Sport this and you will be groovy
- Great for picnics with friends or Grateful Dead concerts
- Handmade in the USA
- The colors, like wow man
- It's a far out birthday gift