So, once all the blocks were appliqued, I had to decide on the sashing.
I didn't like either one of these. The one on the left is a beige and the one on the right is the same fabric I used as backing for the second baby quilt I made for Luc.
The gray was OK but it seemed a bit dark. At this point I felt that I was heading in the right direction. As I was going out the door to quilt with the ladies, I thought that they could help me decide. So, I brought along the blocks and some of the gray fabrics that I had pulled from my stash. Then, at the last minute, I grabbed one that I hadn't really considered.
Since the gray was just too bland on its own, I added strips of little blocks. I really liked the little blocks of colour in the sashing but...
I felt that it was a bit too much with the strip in the middle so I pinned it closed to see if I liked it better.
As you can see, I took it out and used it for the top and bottom border.
Here's a close-up of one corner once it was on the frame, ready to be quilted.
Since they are just so darn cute, here are close-up photos of each teddy.
Marg gave me the inspiration for this Sailor bear. She made one for her quilt.
Little Green bear really needed something so I asked my daughter what she thought - maybe some books? She loved the idea. I gave him some glasses too.
Another one of Marg's inspirations with the bow in her hair. Girl bear just needed some flowers to hold.
I fell in love with the sunglasses and knew that I had to have a little Beach bear wearing them with his little overalls and with a pail and shovel.
Once I decided that there was to be a Bedtime bear, I found some fabric in my stash that had little bears on it and so this bear just had to have one of his own.
Baseball bear in purple looks like he attracted a little fly on his cap. My daughter took these photos outside - hence the fly.