The Wojo quilt
My awesome friend Sarah is due to have her first baby in October, and I’m so happy I was able to surprise her at her baby shower this weekend to give her this, the Wojo quilt.
Wojo has been her nickname at least since the mid-nineties, when we had gym class together, signed out of study hall to play cards in the library, and kicked some major ass in Spanish class (she went on to study in Spain and teach high school Spanish, while I am now mediocre at translating game shows on Univision). When we were in college she asked for a food fight for her birthday, and we went swimming in the ocean afterward to wash whipped cream out of our hair. I am terrible at keeping in touch with people in general, but lucky for me, no matter how often I check in with Sarah, there is a plethora of laughs, delightful sarcasm, and extreme kindness.
As for the quilt, it’s made with Elizabeth Hartman’s (free!) pixel heart pattern. I set it off center and quilted it with angles as in my walking foot pillows.
Sarah’s registry was mostly green and gray, so I used Brussels Washer for a soft-textured background and contrasted it with a palette of brights I picked from a Kona jelly roll. I added in some yellow and orange for a fall feel, and because Sarah and her husband met at a Halloween party. The baby will be due right around the same time, so we had to pay tribute to the family holiday. Plus, I just love teals and oranges together.
The back is a Rashida Coleman-Hale print that I’ve always loved in white and teal, and the binding is Caroline Friedlander from Botanics. I used Aurifil from her Botanics collection in a minty teal for the quilting to match.
She was definitely surprised to see me at the shower, and I was delighted that the quilt matched a lot of the other gifts she got (teal onesies with orange foxes!). She and her husband are going to be awesome parents, and I was so happy to make this fun quilt for my truly unique friend.
What a wonderfully *perfect* gift!… and tribute to a beautiful friendship!
(Isn’t it amazing how love and creativity can pull all the right elements/choices together to produce something so extraordinarily ideal, so perfect, for the person for whom it’s intended??!)
Thank you for sharing the quilt and backstory, Melanie!
Wow, what a wonderful friendship and gift. I treasure the friends who I can call up after a year or two and pick up as if we had just talked yesterday. I love the color combination and the thought you put into the holiday and what is special to them!
Asked for a food fight for her birthday?!? Brilliant. Why have I never thought of that? Wojo, wherever you are, I would like to join the official fan club.
She sounds like the best type of friend! And what a fun trip to surprise her for a baby shower AND give her such a wonderful baby gift! I bet she will treasure it always 🙂
what a lovely quilt! and so much thought went into it, I’m sure it will be treasured
Great job! This quilt will definitely become a treasure in her family.