Back last spring, a former co-worker of mine announced that she was expecting a baby girl right around my own due date. Not wanting to waste any time (and not knowing what we were expecting ourselves, thanks to Ms. Modesty here), I started piecing together another zig-zag quilt.
Now, I have to confess, I was already chomping at the bit a little to do another zig-zag quilt, since I’d enjoyed the first one so much. And I may have already pulled these girly peach and green fabrics before I heard this friend’s big news.
Two things happened along the way to change the course of events, though. First, I got a look at my friend’s registry. Everything was palest pink and mocha. Every thing. This shouldn’t have made any difference to me, considering I wasn’t making her a crib set, for Pete’s sake, but. . .it kind of took the wind out of my sails. Besides – and this is a little ridiculous, maybe – I hadn’t made a quilt from one of the other members of our team when she’d had her baby, and I was already afraid of hurting her feelings. This is the kind of overthinking I get into when I don’t wait until the last minute; there’s another point in favor of procrastination.
Also, when I put the blocks up on the wall to arrange them into rows, I found that I didn’t like the zig-zag pattern in these colors. Don’t ask me why; it just wasn’t working for me. After twisting them around for a while, I had a square within a square thing going, and then settled on the one you see in the photo. And – wouldn’t you know it? – we then found out we were going to have a girl, too, and I was positive that her mom would like these colors. Don’t you love how that all worked out? I sure did!
You can’t see it in this picture, but it’s even backed with one of my favorite Heather Ross stripe prints, which is one of the softest cottons ever. I almost couldn’t use it on this one, because it took up almost the entire piece (all but a 4-inch strip), but realized that this might mean that my mothering instinct was lacking, so I cut right into it. Sometimes it’s important to squash those lesser tendencies, you know? I felt this was one of those times.