Well, thank goodness Abbey sent me that beautiful baby quilt because as happy as I am with this one, it certainly wouldn't pass for a baby quilt! I was feeling bad that I hadn't made Vivi her own quilt so I said to myself, "Well, this quilt will be in honor of Vivian and I'll make it extra girly." But, in the end, it was still a big grownup quilt with pretty flowers on it. And that's okay too. I'm sure she'll enjoy plenty of afternoons in the sun and picnics and tea parties on it some day.
I wanted something light colored and lightweight for summer, but still rugged enough to haul up the canyon for picnics. The solutions was large patches (+12" square) of pretty vintage sheets, tied onto an old cotton blanket with no batting. It's just the right thickness and I don't have to worry about the pretty fabric on top getting yucky because the back is a heavy woven, tan material, perfect for putting down on dew damp grass, sandy beaches or the backyard.
We took it out for a test drive for Clay's Father's Day picnic and mini-hike and it made the whole affair seem much more festive to be eating on such a pretty "table." I'm envisioning plenty more backyard picnics.