a quilt for baby danielle

my friend shelley and i have been friends for 28 years...since we were 10.  i was new at woodlands elementary school in longwood, florida, and she reached out to me and befriended me.  our lives have diverged in different directions over the decades, but i still love her as a sister and when i go down to florida a couple of times a year i try to get together with her if time and circumstances allow.

back in july of 2013, she told me she was pregnant.  i was overcome with joy for her (and her partner danny). just after christmas 2013, one day after, to be specific, she had her second child, a tiny little girl named danielle.  

this quilt is for that special baby girl, little danielle, the new baby of my oldest, dearest friend.  :)

i started it in september, at the CMQG fall retreat.  i brought the biggest suitcase i had to the retreat, stuffed to the hilt with pink, orange and green fabrics (what shelley said she liked) from my stash and scrap bins.  i pieced the whole top that weekend, and quilted it the week after the retreat.  as with pretty much every quilt i make, it's a big jumble of new and old fabrics.  the fluoro pink chevron fabric is from an old, VERY cherished and heavily loved dress of poppy's.  :)  i wanted to include it as a little "gift" from my baby to hers.  the whole color scheme was really fun to work with; it felt really feminine and "florida" and maybe a tad "lily pulitzer", even.  i swear that every other baby quilt I've made in the past few years has been for a boy (lovely though they are!) so it was nice to make something for a girl for once.  :)