So a few weeks ago I popped on to Rita's site and was met with an image of the most gorgeous pram sized quilt in her etsy shop sidebar.
And it was on sale. And I had a friend due for a baby at any moment. And it was a Red Pepper quilt (did I mention that already?).
It took me all of two seconds to press purchase and within two days I had the gorgeousness in my hot little hands.
Gorgeous blues and browns all set off beautifully with some ash and of course, Rita's flawless quilting.
Well in the two days it took to get to me we had found out we were expecting a little fellow (as was the friend expecting the baby any day). And whilst I think this quilt could be used for either gender, once I had it in my hands I couldn't help but picture my own little guy snuggled beneath it. Enter the guilt.
Um. What to do really but keep the Rita quilt and perhaps make a similar one but in colours that were probably going to be more preferred by my friend anyway (well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it).
And so this version was born
In the space of a weekend I had the front and back of the quilt pieced and over a week I slowly inched away at the machine quilting. And then unpicked a whole lot of it and started again. These photos were taken after it had had a wash and then a quick iron.
For the first time I also tried attaching the binding by machine - again thanks to Rita and a very thorough tutorial which can be found here
Just don't think I'm going to show you a close up of the binding on Rita's quilt so close to mine. I'm not that silly!
Oh and the result was that my friend had her baby (who was born the day before Australia Day. Very thoughtful for friends who want to visit!) and loves the quilt.
Of course she hasn't seen the Red Pepper version ....
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