Meet my nephew Rivers!
Baby Brother made a certain someone a very proud Big Sister!
Several months ago I read that 2012 would be the year of "nature inspired" baby names. I think that Rivers falls right into that category. I have a nephew named Brooks (circa 2003 before nature names were cool :) and now Eric's nephew is named Rivers. There won't be a 2012 baby at our house but we also have a nature name for a girl, I think our family will have nature names covered.
Now that we've seen the real star of the show here is Rivers' quilt. We were in a hurry to get to the hospital Friday so I had to settle for a few quick snaps.
I've gotten a lot of questions about the blue background fabric. It is actually a chambray Ralph Lauren flat twin bed sheet. I love love love chambray so it was hard to let this fabric go, but since it was for my nephew it wasn't too bad. I love to use sheets because they are big and don't require seams and usually end up costing less than quilting fabric. Ross and TJ Maxx usually have cute sheets for cheap.
The backing is just a super soft white sheet I bought on clearance at Target for $2. I was really wanting gingham but I could only find gingham crib sheets so I settled for white. The navy & white gingham pennant flag is actually part of a sheet leftover from Brooks' cowboy quilt.
I used a template for the pennants, try this one. The pennants are made from scraps so they were free. I did fabric fuse to adhere the pennants on before sewing. It may have taken a little extra time in the beginning but seriously it was the best thing ever. Thanks for the suggestions on the rick rack, I bought it at Hobby Lobby.
Since I only quilted around the pennants which were adhered to the top fabric this quilt was soooo easy! I have a few mistakes on the back that I may correct but I was really wanting to take it to the hospital. Besides imperfections are what homemade "special", right?