Then I pondered for weeks over how to turn it into a quilt. I wanted the animals to be the focus so I settled on stitching them into a square in a square. I pulled fabrics from my stash and auditioned a ridiculous number before whittling them down.
When I picked it up, Jackie said that her daughter, who teaches and quilts too, wondered where I had bought the kit, but Jackie told her that I just put it together from my stash. As cute as it is, I think the quilting always brings it to life.
I love the backing:
I used the same dotted fabric for the binding that I used in the sashing squares:
And I found that binding a baby quilt doesn't take nearly as long as the big quilts I usually make:
I ran into Hobby Lobby when I was in town to pick up some animal print tissue paper and as I walked through the store, I found this box:
Well, there was no way I was leaving the store without it. Look how perfect its going to be to wrap this quilt up:
And to top it all off. I was going to use my 40% of coupon and when I got home, I looked at my receipt and the gal had charged me only $1.99 for the $19.99 box and with the coupon, I paid $1.19. What a deal! However, I'll go back when I'm in town next week and fess up. Wish I had caught that while I was there, but I was on a mission to get out of town... as usual, and I just wasn't paying attention... as usual. :)
I just rolled it up and sealed it into another perfect box for mailing:
It measures 42 x 48 and it is on its way to a sweet little baby boy.
The process for this quilt took much longer than I wanted, but I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and I hope it will be much-loved.