Anne Cowan of Bristol, Tennessee, was starting to get nervous: her son and daughter-in-law had announced their first pregnancy but decided to wait until the baby was born to find out if it was a boy or a girl, and Anne was at a loss for the right baby quilt pattern to make. That is until she saw Twitter in the March/April 2018 (No. 180) issue. “Bingo! Twitter was it!” she says.
The combination of piecing and applique, as well as the amount of negative space for interesting quilting, appealed to her. She was also happy to be able to use gender-neutral scraps from quilts she’d made for her triplet nephews and niece 22 years ago, considering she’s been on a “no new fabric” diet for over two years. She added an inner border, appliqued a hexagonal bee to the background in honor of her son’s interest in beekeeping, and free-motion quilted it on her trusty Bernina.
“The day before the baby shower, my son and I were in the baby’s room and there was a picture of an owl on the wall that had come from my father-in-law’s home,” Anne says. “Since he and his wife did not specify a theme for the baby’s room, he said, ‘I guess our theme is going to be birds!’ They had not seen the quilt yet. I just smiled.”
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