Congratulations, Karina and Lee and welcome to the world, Owen. May you grow up to be healthy, happy and wise.
So, what relationship is your cousin’s baby to you? Well, after turning to Google it is official – Owen is my husband’s first cousin, once removed. And I promise you, with no bias whatsoever, he is a handsome young man already!
To celebrate his arrival, what else would a quilter do but settle down to a project with a real purpose. Whether it turns out to be a cot quilt, a play mat, a snuggle or a memento of his birth I don’t mind. I had a lovely time making it, especially for him.
I decided not to go with the traditional cute baby style, and opted for a more modern design. I asked my husband’s aunt for some ideas as to what Owen’s mum Karina likes. It turns out she adores butterflies and the colour purple. With my palette set I needed to develop a design.
I was in CapeTown when Owen was born and my collection of fabrics there is not extensive, but as I looked through my cupboard I was surprised to find a nice selection of very suitable fabrics. It felt like this quilt was quietly waiting to be made!
Made just from large half square triangles I was pleased at how quickly this quilt top went together. By rotating the triangles large on-point squares that float in a sea of whiteness. Perfect for a baby (!) - well at least it can go in the washing machine.
For the quilting I decided to go for an all over free motion design of butterflies and wiggles.