I had decided that I didn't have time to make a baby quilt in time for Bill & Sharon's baby shower. I already had a large stack of works-in-progress, and the thought of starting something new was a bit overwhelming.
But then I needed a green patchwork circle for another quilt back. My plan was to sew strips together, slice the new piece, rearrange, sew & repeat to get the desired block effect, then trim into a circle. And it occurred to me that if I was going to make a 15" block and discard the trimmings after cutting the circle, I might as well make a four-foot rectangle and use the extra for the baby quilt. Easy, right?
Well, I guess it did end up taking some extra time, but it definitely made it easier to fit in my brain. And the blanket turned out great. I especially love how the quilting arcs meet in the pieced orange and blue window.
I finished the binding with the machine, and it went much more smoothly than my last try. I managed to attach the label at the very last minute, just in time for the shower. The party was lovely, the expectant parents delightful, and we can't wait to meet the new baby.