A Whimsical Forest themed baby shower needs a little Cori Dantini.
Actually, I think we all need a little Cori Dantini in our lives – her illustrations make me feel a little giddy, a little playful, and a lot inspired. I happened upon some of her Good Company line of fabrics while at QuiltCon in Austin, and I purchased a panel to sew into some gifts for a good friend’s baby shower.
I’m working on an improv quilt for this little guy, but for his mama’s shower, I thought I’d whip up a quick carseat blanket. Most of my blankets are pretty big, and I keep thinking that I want something small for the carseat. I haven’t made one for my little guy yet, but he’s next.
This baby’s blanket has Cori Dantini’s Staff panel from her Good Company line on one side and soft purple minky fabric on the other. I forgot to get the measurements before I gifted this, but it’s rectangular and roughly 24″x36″ – just right for tucking into a carseat without too much excess bulk.
I had the perfect off cut of triangle fabric that I sewed end to end and slipped around the rolled up blanket.
I put together a little bunting as part of the baby shower decorations. Buntings are such an easy way to put a slash of color up on the walls. I grabbed some double fold bias tape, my triangle ruler, a stack of fat quarters, and sewed this up in an afternoon.
The quilt-in-progress for this little guy has the forest creatures framed in saturated colors that coordinate with Dantini’s palette. Some of them are log cabin-style, and others are set square-in-square or economy block-style. (I like the Generations Quilt Patterns 6″ Economy block paper piecing pattern.)
I put one of the economy blocks on a small canvas as a bit of wall art and token of the gift-to-come.
I unceremoniously wrapped the art and blanket and some soft, flannel lap pads in blue fabric and then placed that in a clear cellophane gift bag. I’m cursed when it comes to gift bags – I went all the way to Joanns on the day of the shower to get a bag, only to find my local Joanns doesn’t carry gift bags anymore. But, a more recent shower has taught me that I can whip up my own bags faster (and cheaper) than going to buy one. More on that later…