Done on time and ready to be delivered tomorrow.
The mom-to-be, my niece E, lives in Florida and likes Art Deco design and colors. The baby is a girl. My other niece N and her husband, as well as my brother the grandpa-to-be, live in the Phoenix area and are coming for dinner and to see our new home tomorrow. I'll pass the quilt to N who will take it to E when the Arizona member's of E's family go down to Florida when the baby comes.
This is definitely one of my favorite baby quilts ever. And the backing couldn't be more perfect for it.
The strong sun shows the texture from the quilting well, but washes out the colors. The colors look better in the shade.
The top measured 48" square and after quilting and washing the quilt came out at 46" square.
I would definitely make this pattern again, with a modification. The blocks are were inspired by Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework and I'll definitely use this block design again. Next time instead of including the white strips in the block itself, I'll treat them as sashing so the top and bottom edges of the center will come out even without all the fussing and finagling I had to do to make this work.
Like I said, one of my most favorite ever baby quilts. Even my husband likes this one, and he very rarely comments on my quilts. I hope the new mom will like it.