I really was unsure all through this project if the quilt I made was going to fly for a few reasons:
1. The mama in question had told me the only real 'theme' they were doing or telling people was 'boats and books.' I could not find any fabric that had anything to do with books (which really bummed me out) and the only nautical one I saw was a really yucky blue color that I just could not bring myself to buy. I ended up going a bit abstract with my 'boats' interpretation and did more of a 'sea' theme.
2. The baby's gender was going to be a surprise! So I wasn't sure if I should try to be super gender neutral or just go with colors/patterns/fabrics that seemed right to me. I went with the latter and crossed my fingers.
3. One of those 'fabrics that seemed right' was fish. I thought it was cute but would they like it? Would they get my 'boat' interpretation? Is Navy and Green to "boyish"? What if they have a girl? Girls like the sea too, duh.
Ah so many questions! In the end I said stop worrying about it, I love it, they will too! I was really obsessed with this scalloped watercolory fabric when I saw it in the fabric shop, and wish I had bought a load more of it. It reminded me of the ocean so that was the first thing I grabbed. I thought the fish were cute for the backside and for the binding, I chose a fabric that was dark navy with white, blue, and lavender starbursts. So the quilt is representative of the water (the scallops), under the water (the fish) and the sky above (the binding).
To my delight, the parents of this little one LOVE their quilt! And their baby boy is enjoying his new blanket already.
Each quilt I make is my favorite one until I make the next one! There are just so many gorgeous fabrics out there!