While I am perfectly aware I will never really become a quilter, I love making baby quilts for friends. And at last I have managed to tick off another ta-da from my list of projects in dire need of completion by Wednesday!
Sewing a quilt doesn’t do it for me in the same way that sewing clothes for mates does. I don’t seem to have the eye for what fabrics would work in a quilt the way I do for a blouse or a skirt, nor do I really have the patience. But it’s a gift I really love to give. Its got a lot of love and effort that, when you don’t live near the baby, its hard to show.
My moma is a master quilter, seriously she makes some pretty fine quilts. We’ve got quite a few ‘scrap’ quilted throws, which she made from her scrap bag – I can see various pjs, night gowns, shirts and dresses in these quilts. I still have the quilt on our bed she made me when I graduated from high school – although she cringes when she sees it, only seeing its imperfections – I love it.
When she came to visit me several months ago I was fumbling my way through the planning process for a baby quilt for our friends expected baby. I had loads of blue florals – enough for a quilt and I figured the combo would work for either gender. I also had some left over fabric with some great birds on it which I thought it would give it a playful feel. (I’m obsessed with bird fabric at the moment).
But I just couldn’t make up my mind. In the end moma suggesed making some 4 squares .. err… not really sure what they’re called. But as you can see they’re 4 squares in a square – don’t you love when I go all technical.
Now I’m a fan of baby quilts that are a substantial size. Something big enough to really bundle a kid up in, or place out on the grass in the summer and have the mom as well as baby comfortably sit. I like quilts that really get used and I hope this one will! I’ll never be a master quilter nor do I want to be. I can look at all the mistakes in this one (including approaching fleece with a hot iron – yikes!) but not worry. Its made with love.