There's something so exciting and special about a baby's first birthday. That first year is filled with so many sweet moments, that it's no wonder we can't help but shower the birthday baby with love and a party to celebrate the occasion.
Shopping for a first birthday can be a little tough, so I decided to make a child-sized quilted library tote and tuck a few board books inside that I'm betting she and her mama will enjoy reading together. But I didn't want to make just any tote, I wanted it to be something that really spoke to Suzanne but would also appeal to a growing girl.
my brother's wedding quilt for the outside of the tote. Suzanne also loves photography and has a fondness for polaroids, so I pieced in a polaroid block with a fussy cut little girl that looks like a slightly older version of Miss I. And if you look closely, you'll notice that the little girl is holding a stuffed bunny – Suzanne has a great affinity for rabbits so I was delighted when I discovered that little detail. The inside is lined with the same print that I used for the fussy cut polaroid.
I also decided to tuck a few beautiful board books inside for Suzanne and Miss I. to enjoy. 'Baby Farm Animals' by Garth Williams is sweetly written and contains melt-your-heart illustrations of all the different kinds of baby animals you'll find on the farm (this one was recommended by my wonderful bloggy friend, Melissa). And of course, how could I not include 'I Am a Bunny' written by Ole Risom and illustrated by the phenomenal Richard Scarry?
I hope she loves it as much as I do. Lining up all those stripes was a bit of a challenge, but I had a blast making my very first polaroid block. It's something I've been meaning to try for quite some time now. And I just love how it turned out!
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