Well, it was one part chicken out and one part inspiration. I thought that since the quilt got a bit out of hand, size-wise (52x64), giving her a really baby sized quilt as well might be nice. Since I already had some big whirlygigs I made for this project (14.5 x 14.5), I decided to put those together with 1 inch sashing and borders to make a 32 x 32 baby quilt.
I also included two little pockets on the corners so it can be hung on the wall. Hopefully this will get used a lot, and not displayed, but I wanted to try doing it (it was easy) for future quilts.
The best part about this project is that it went together FAST! The 4 blocks were already done, so I just had to sash, border, sandwich, quilt and bind, which to no time at all! Also, I got to do a practice run of stippling on a real project! It is obviously beginner's work, but I am really happy with how it turned out. As you can see, I did a random stipple, and learned yet another valuable lesson: lighter color thread is better, especially if you don't want to draw attention to your quilting. I am going to use a light green on the big quilt, so hopefully it won't detract from the patchwork as much as the lavender did on this one.
For binding, I used some of the "Greatest Show on Earth" pink bubbles fabric, and did a machine binding, which is fast, but I still prefer the finished look of the hand-stitched binding. For the back I chose a purple and pink flower print. Didn't piece the back, so that made things go much faster, too.
I also love how small it wraps up! I think it looks like a folded up newspaper...remember what those looked like? :) My sis isn't expecting 1 quilt, so 2 quilts should really be a surprise! Hope she likes them! OK, enough typing- I need to start quilting the big baby quilt!