the one inspired by her empty cube

Today's a deadline day at work. We order pizza and stand in the hallway and eat as a staff  or grab a few slices and head back to our offices to hunker down on the files that we need to close before the day's end. There's always a flurry of activity on deadline day and I tend to get deep in the zone and ignore everything else happening around me.

Today, though, as I rushed back to my office after grabbing a slice, I found myself stopping briefly at a coworker's usually bright and bubbly cubicle. She has been out on maternity leave for a couple of weeks now and I feel like this is the first time I've passed her dark, empty, quiet cube since she's been gone and really noted a difference. I don't know why today was different. I don't know this coworker tremendously well, but her spirit and laughter always bring welcome breaks in our sometimes-stressful, deadline-driven work environment. And, to tell you the truth, I kind of miss her presence around here. Maybe I noticed because it's been a little bleak around here . . . who knows.

But her empty cube reminded me that I wanted to share the gift I made for her and her new little one.

The new mama is a sweet, bright, and unique person—great sense of humor and an appreciation for all things vintage (she is a BIG old movie buff). I found out the baby's room was going to be inspired by Mary Poppins and that she'd chosen purple as the main color for the room. After starting on something a little more "sweety" for the new baby girl, I changed my path and decided to pull out my collection of Heather Ross's Far Far Away II. I felt like the collection had a kitsch value that the new mama would adore and that it might fit nicely into the color scheme of the baby's room.

I went with a randomly-sized, wonky star design and fussy cut my scraps of FFA II for the centers. I pulled scraps from other projects to create most of the points of the stars.

After much debate, I decided to go with the cool Kona Ash as my neutral.

I wanted to go slightly textural for the backing and ended up using a leftover piece of chenille in pink for the back.

One of the new colors of satin binding at Jo-Ann were the  perfect finishing touch for this one. It was a labor of love to hand stitch that slippery binding to the fluffy backing. But, in the end, I think it was worth it.

Some large, random hand quilting were the perfect finish. I like that this feels contemporary and sweet all at the same time.

I'd like to think that mama and baby are at home cuddling under this one right now . . . but something's telling me that this unseasonably warm day we're having probably has them out enjoying the sun.


A.J. Dub. said...

Sweet of you to think of and honor your friend that way. Beautiful quilt too.

Splendorfalls said...

It's gorgeous! What an awesome gift!

Rachel Hauser said...

Sweet, Alecia! It's always good for me to see people using "other" fabrics like chenille and satin. I think these really make the gift more dear to the recipient, even if they are outside our comfort zone sometimes. I'll have to keep my eye out for a good buy to stash for my next baby quilt.