Our wonderful music teacher, Pam, is pregnant with twin girls. Although I’ve made lots of baby quilts for teachers at school and family members, these are my very first twins. Pam and her husband are both music teachers, so when their son Collin was born, I wanted to use a music theme for his quilt. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any fabric that I liked, so he ended up with an Around The World quilt made with 1930s reproduction fabrics. It was cute, but not musical.
This time I searched on ebay and found this 22″ length of vintage Holly Hobbie fabric. All the figures are doing something musical and there are music notes in the background — it was perfect! When the remnant arrived in the mail, I was surprised that it was brighter than the ebay photo — the background is a soft yellow, but the other colors are bright 1970s shades and definitely out of my comfort zone, but still pretty adorable.
Not wanting to cut into the cute print, I decided to design the quilt with the HH fabric in the middle and blocks around the outside. I also wanted each little girl’s quilt to be different, but similar. Because the HH fabric is busy, I thought the blocks should be simple — the colors will be solids, with the exception of the green polka-dot fabric.
Last night and all morning today I worked on designs for the quilts. Each square is 1″, so these will be little infant blankets (like Collin’s) — something a baby can lie on, and also carry around when they’re a toddler. I’m really happy with the way the final designs look (there were lots of drafts), and now I’m excited to start stitching them up.