My lovely cousin had a baby girl over Easter, and this afternoon we sent this quilt off to her. The fabrics were an easy choice, because I know she loves owls, although I can't say I'm completely satisfied with the overall colour scheme. My initial plan had been for blues and pinks, but somehow I forgot to take into consideration that the 'blues' had a lot of greens and aquas as well, and the 'pinks' had a lot of orange/yellow/peach. Lesson learned!
I was still stuck for a name for this quilt yesterday, so I asked James and Eleanor. They're quite taken with the little girl's name, hence their choice. They also like the fact that little Ariana also has the same middle name as me (for the curious - it's Louise).
I hope they like the quilt, and that Ariana gets plenty of use from it. It's mostly Valori Wells' 'Bliss' flannels and is beautifully soft and snuggly. I used a flannel backing too - which meant it was quite a job to cram it into the satchel at the post office this afternoon - where I was busily posting five quilts as the doors closed at 5pm!
I noticed as I was editing the photos that once again, I didn't get it quite straight on the wall, which is really frustrating, as I know it's properly squared. I have plans to get some large boards to use for photos, which I want to mark with a grid to avoid distorting them. I also want to be able to pin the quilts to it, instead of going through miles and miles of double-sided tape. I've found a product at the hardware store which might work, but with the sheets at 1200 x 2400mm, I'll need Simon to bring them (I need 2 to accomodate wider quilts and will tape them together) home on the trailer. It's not a perfect product (I think it's plaster board, and it's a bit thin, and not overly easy to get the pins in, plus there's a risk of it crumbling - but at least it's cheap if it doesn't work out!) Ideally I want something foam-like (but still stiff to stand up vertically for photos) and about an inch thick to work properly with the pins - but a higher priority is the size - I don't want to need more than 2 to accommodate large bed quilts. Any suggestions welcomed.