from this collage...
to this quilt.
This summer, our moms group threw a baby shower for my friend Elizabeth. She organized the crafty projects at my shower (tie-dyed onesies and burp cloths, belly henna!) and she's really creative, so I knew she would appreciate a group-made quilt for the new baby. I racked my brain trying to figure out the best way to have everyone contribute without leaving one person (me) with a bunch of fabric applique stitching.
Then a lightbulb went off-- Spoonflower, where you can have your own designs printed on fabric--the perfect solution. So, I bought some scrapbooking paper in a bunch of patterns to give it the look of pieced fabric, like a quilt. We hung the background paper on the wall, and everyone at the shower cut and taped their creations to our collage.
When it was done, I used my camera and tripod to take a photo at the highest resolution available (the top photo). When I uploaded it to Spoonflower, it wasn't quite high enough to print clearly in original size, so I scaled it down and designed the "baby mac" (for their last name) fabric to use in the wonky blocks border. I love how it turned out, and I think Elizabeth and baby E do, too!