I have two people in my life who are having babies this spring. One is my lovely niece, and this will be the first grand-niece or nephew in the family! The second is a friend of my daughter's. These two have been friends since the first grade. (They are now both 24.) So, a quilt is definitely in order for her as well!
It occurred to me though that these two moms-to-be don't know each other. Bonus! I can make the same quilt for each of them, and they will never see each other to compare notes. ("Hey, I see that your corners match better than mine." "Yes, but she's done a much better job of quilting mine." I KNOW these kinds of conversations go on all the time... well, they do in my imagination.)
So, here is the start of these two quilts:
Strips of lots and lots of brights. I cut them, then pieced them together like this:
The quilt is called "Celebration". It is a Judy Martin quilt from her book, "Scraps". I love Judy Martin for her precise directions. This quilt also has a black and white checkerboard that winds through it. It is different from your typical soft coloured baby quilt, but perfect, I think, for a play quilt.