I've known for five years that my friend wanted me to make one for her first-born, but there I was last night, with 15 hours to go before the baby shower, getting out my scissors and setting up the sewing machine. I snipped the last thread at 2 a.m.
He's a variation on the elephant pattern in Joelle Hoverson's Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts, designed by Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls fame. I'm pleased with how he turned out – my sewing skills are a bit rusty but I don't think anyone could tell. It took just two fat quarters (you could get away with one and scraps) and the most time-consuming thing was the painstaking pinning. But seeing the look on my friend's face when she pulled it out of the gift bag was worth all the effort.
There were more than 20 people at the shower and mine was the only handmade gift. I spend so much time around crafty, creative, talented people that it hadn't occurred to me that might happen; that mine would be the only non-primary coloured, non-plastic, non-covered-in-baseballs-or-tiny-cars thing she received. Ah, my sheltered life.