I am on track to achieve my goal of one humidicrib quilt each month in 2015. March’s is done!
If you are wondering what a humidicrib is, I have learned that they are also called isolettes and incubators in other parts of the world. They are the special cribs that very ill and premature babies are put in to give them the best chance of good health.
I still plan to make a lot of these mini quilts based on the Fat Quarter Shop’s Snapshots Quilt-Along, but their February block is a boiling kettle, and even I know that boiling water and babies do not mix.
Last month, Diana of Red Delicious Life suggested elephants. Of course! As soon as she said that, I realised that I could use elements from Sew Fresh Quilts’ ‘Elephant Parade’ pattern and quilt-along. The swirly quilting was inspired by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.
I am very proud of the colours I mixed and matched. I started with the cloud print and worked from there. I really love the Joel Dewberry plaid from the Notting Hill collection as a binding (an impulse buy in Canada). I think I should buy more bright plaid for quilt binding.
The cloud print was a lucky purchase too. I was running errands far from my normal neighbourhood and popped into a quilt shop to buy myself a fabric pick-me-up. I took three fat quarters to the counter to pay for them, but then the ladies in the shop told me I could have another seven for only $7–8 more as they had a special that day: ten fat quarters for $25! The clouds were one of the seven, and I was on cloud nine for the rest of the day.
I had to laugh at myself as I planned the elephants’ colours. I think I thought I was doing some sort of Mendel pea experiment. I was trying to make the fabrics work genetically. In the end, I gave up. If mummy and daddy elephant are pink and green, then I think postman elephant must have fathered the grey one, unless grey with pink spots it is a recessive gene.
This week was also a good week for squishy mail. My two fabric club deliveries arrived on the same day: Westwood Acres’ Inside Voices Monthly Club and Blossom Heart Quilts’ Japanese Colour Club. Oh, happy day!
Next month, my humidicrib quilt will be a puppy from Fat Quarter Shop’s Snapshots Quilt-Along. I am really looking forward to that one!