I've known Anna for about a year. She is having a baby in a few weeks. Anna was Russian and it has been her custom to not have any sort of "baby shower" prior to the baby's birth. Now that Anna is a Canadian Citizen she will embrace Canadian customs and has agreed to let her colleagues throw a pot-luck shower in her honour. Since I'm the unofficial event-planner at work, it was my job to come up with a theme. I really wanted to do something related to Russian Nesting Dolls, but couldn't really find anything babyish about it. I went to my local quilt shop (The Hobby Horse) for inspiration. Since we don't know the sex of the baby, I picked up a generic owl-themed print and a lovely green flannel. I thought that the owl print had a Russian nesting doll look - close to my original theme, but not quite.
Next, I used my favourite search engine (Google and Pinterest) to come up with more ideas. I found tons of stuff related to OWLS.
Make your own water bottle labels and chocolate bar wrappers. Even hold a baby diaper raffle - cool.
Finally, the quilt. I make quilts as a gift for most baby showers. The centre is a panel that has measurements up to 59". The piece can be used for a bed quilt or as a wall hanging to keep track of the child's height as he/she grows. I added a strip of green flannel to one side of the panel to help incorporate the backing flannel. Next, owl print borders were added, then I free-motion machine quilted around each image, using Superior Threads invisible monofilament. The same owl print was used for the binding. Ta Da!!