I finally found some backing material I liked at the Franklin Mills store. Not what I had expected, but it spoke to me:
Beach gear? For a fall baby? Well, I heard about her birth at the Cape, so I suspect that's why I latched onto the seaside theme.
I wasn't too sure about the color scheme at some point, but now that its done, I'm rather liking it. I hope Mallory likes it, too. Its certainly a lot brighter than my last baby quilt.
My last fun step: The label. I love Printed Treasures for making quilt labels. So much easier than trying to write it all by hand. And I don't have to worry about scrawling print or having to start all over again when I misspell something. I love that I can pull in one of the background colors or material and work from that. The only drawback is, its tough to sew through by hand.
Welcome to the world, Mallory. I hope you have a wonderful life.