Finally! And I do mean - FINALLY. My younger sister is a huge Cinderella fan. I made her a Cinderella quilt a few years ago (the castle is still my favorite part.) And when I ordered some Japanese fabric for a swap in 2011, I added a half yard of a purple Cinderella print, too. At a whooping $20 a yard - the most I had ever paid for fabric back then. (Now, well, hahahahahaha…)
Some point soon after, I added a pink Cinderella print. And then I waited…and waited. Finally, she met her future husband. Finally, she got pregnant. Finally, that kid was a boy. (The nerve!) By now, I had already picked out the quilt I was going to make - Raspberry Dessert from Skip the Borders by Julie Herman (Jaybird Quilts.) Grouchily, I picked out some green and blue fabrics and made him a quarter log cabin that was loosely based on the quilt I wanted to make.
And so I waited some more…and more…and FINALLY.
YES! I whipped out that fabric, pulled together some coordinates, and got to work!
Okay, not quite that fast - but nearly. I fiddled with the pattern a bit first - I wanted the central squares to be bigger to showcase the Cinderella fabric, so I scaled them up and the “logs” down. I had the perfect deep pink in my stash, but I had to go find the plum. The white Fairy Frost is the leftover fabric from my sister’s own Cinderella quilt.
I really thought about doing the whole quilt in pastels, but I ran it by Lori and she said no way, the deeper colors will work better. And unsurprisingly, she was completely right. (You’d think she has the eye of a photographer or something.)
The binding was in my stash and was just…perfect. Look how it matches EVERY DAMN COLOR in this quilt! I don’t know how Tula Pink knew I was going to need this, but clearly she did.
And continuing the trend of perfection, I let my sister loose on the minky category and she picked out the backing - Shannon Cuddle Floral Fields. Yup, every color matches perfectly. AGAIN. And it’s minky, so it would have been perfection anyway.
The quilting is something I’ve looked forward to since the first time I made one of these! I didn’t have the skills back then (first Raspberry Dessert, second Raspberry Dessert) to do anything pretty, so this was my chance. Annnnnnd I think I should have done ribbon candy in the white - I had a lot of trouble turning the corners and changing directions with the wishbones. The inner squares got a swoopity-swoop that matches the pattern in the deep pink fabric.
The quilt name comes from her name (and the Lorde song, of course.) My sister doesn’t share names before birth, so I wrote it on the label hoping that it would be a B name. Her family initials were C-A-R, and I offered many suggestions throughout her pregnancy of names that would spell CARP or CARS or CART or…CARB. Lori and I also started calling her Lori Kate (CARL) because really, it’s a great name. (Shut up. It so is.)
And so, it is finally finished. My last family baby quilt. Sniff, sniff.
Oh, wait, you probably want to see the baby?