This is a long overdue post to talk about a project that wrapped up a loooooong time ago! Based on my blog posts alone, you may think the mustaches and elephants quilt was my very first rag quilt. But … it wasn’t. My very first rag quilt was completed months and months prior to that when I tackled the now out-of-print Simplicity 4993. I’d had this pattern on my radar for a long time so when I discovered it was recently retired, I jumped on etsy and grabbed a brand new copy.
Being 30ish with lots of 30ish friends, it’s understandable that my Facebook newsfeed is typically swarming with pregnancy updates and photos of newborn babes, which means baby gifts are pretty much always represented somewhere on my crafting to-do list. I decided to make the teddy bear version of this quilt for baby Sophia, who belongs to my friends David and Lisa. David and I went to grad school together and we were “bus buddies” on our grad school international trip (aka, we had to make sure the bus didn’t leave the other person behind at a random mosque in Istanbul) and some months after graduation when we were all just starting to get our lives back, I was thrilled to learn that David and Lisa were expecting a baby girl. I decided it was time to break in the teddy bear quilt pattern. I chose three different fabrics – a pink solid, a pink polka dot and a pink gingham. (Fun Fact: the leftover fabric was used to create my summertime watermelon bunting!) So, here’s the thing about this quilt. It’s HUGE. I’d read the reviews and blogs that stated the quilt was huge, but I kind of ignored them (pattern love is blind). I want to emphasize how big this quilt is.
IT. IS. HUGE.
I’m five feet tall, and this quilt is as tall as me. I’m not a giant person, so I didn’t mind the quilt was as tall as me. That is, until I gifted the quilt to a tiny newborn baby and saw how large the quilt is in comparison. Whoops.
If I ever made this quilt again, I would love to use a Xerox machine to reduce each of the pattern pieces by about half. I still love the idea of a teddy bear blanket — but one that is more realistic for a little human to drag around would be ideal. Well, I hope Sophia is still enjoying this quilt when she goes to college, because only then will this quilt be the perfect size for her. ;) Have you ever been thrown off by the size of your final product, or attempted to significantly change the size of your project the second time around? I’d love to hear about it!