Tiny little dresses: a quilt for a new baby girl

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Somebody I know is having a baby.  A little girl-flavored baby.  How excited do you think I was when I found out I could make a girly quilt?

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I went straight to my Anita Goodesign collection of embroidery designs.  I bought the Memory Quilt collection in anticipation of somebody I know expecting a girl.  Thrilled that the opportunity came so soon.  This sweet little orange number was my first block.

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I just happened to have a fat quarter bundle of Scrumptious by Moda.  What great colors, girlish and yet unexptected.  Not all parents are into the soft pastels, so I wanted something colorful and different.

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The daddy-to-be is the son of my bff.  I just can’t see that formerly rough and tumble boy carrying around a pastel clad little princess.  I’m sure it will happen, but I think he will fight it.

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Red shoes?  Yes, please.

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I sure remember why I love fat quarter bundles (and jelly rolls, and layer cakes…)  What fun to mix up the colors and prints.  Even if you have a moment where your creativity abandons you, the fabric just leaps right in and makes it all perfect!

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I love the variety of dresses in the Anita set.  The cute little dresses are all so unique.

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It’s a tiny little nightgown!  So practical for tiny babies, right?  But perfect on a quilt.

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And that sweet little bonnet?  Screaming out for some chubby little cheeks.

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This maybe my favorite of the little dresses.  Then again, I change my mind every time I look at the pictures.

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I decided to do a scrappy look for sashing around each of the blocks.  It just makes me smile to look at it – the fabrics are all so cute I didn’t want to favor any one.

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Does that binding look a little familiar?  That is one of the bias tapes I brought back from Dublin, Ireland.  I was so tickled with how sweet it looks with the quilt.

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Another nod to the brilliance of collecting fabric, the aqua with yellow bows is a Cynthia Rowley fabric from my collection.

I knew the quilt needed a special tag, so with a lot of pondering, a cup of coffee, and a little romp with Dorito later, I came up with this.

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I figured I should change the names to protect the innocent.  I sent this off to the parents-to-be, and by the time I publish this post it will be in their hands.

Just in case you were wondering about that awkward “cow cookie” phrase…  When almost-daddy was a baby, I worked in a bakery.  We gave cookies to all the children that came into the store.  He couldn’t say Carole, so when he would come into the store and see me at the end of the isle, he would yell “Cow cookie!”

I can’t wait to hear what they think of their new quilt!

I ❤️ Dublin, and the rest of Ireland too!

I came back from Dublin well biased.

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This amazing cotton bias tape is gorgeous, and best of all, it is pre-made.  I can see lots of uses for this, most obviously for binding quilts.  How cute would that be?

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I also found the cutest elastic I have ever seen!  Don’t know where these are going yet…

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A. Rubanesque is a trim shop located in the Temple Bar area in Dublin.  Temple Bar is a busy area in the center of the city, with lots of pubs (proud to say I tried many) and shopping.  The shop is full of lace, trims, elastics, and other delicious trim items.  I oohed and ahhed over so many lovely laces.  But what the hey-de-ho am I going to do with lace?  I pondered and pondered, and left the store lace-less.

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We had gone into the Temple Bar area on our first night in Dublin.  We had a private pub crawl with Garvan as our guide.  It started something like this…

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Here was our favorite pub from that evening (as far as we remember.)  You could fit maybe 20 people in there, as long as ten of them were standing.

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We sampled many pints at many bars.  Highlights of this walking/stumbling tour include:

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The last one is some mer-horses on the river Liffey.  Threw that one in just to see if you were paying attention.