Five of my work colleagues have had babies in the past year. Of course once I had made one baby quilt I had to follow through with the others. One of them was for a colleague from a Chinese background so I did some research to make sure that the quilt was culturally appropriate. I discovered that white was not an acceptable colour in such a gift – in Chinese culture white can mean death. Red, on the other hand, is regarded as very auspicious. I knew the baby was going to be a girl so some red and pinks seemed appropriate, plus I thought the flowers in the main fabric looked like peonies which are popular in China.
The recipient obviously liked it and even got her mum to buy her a coordinating outfit!
I went with some solids in reds and corals to match the centre panel in the back.