My mother is an incredibly talented seamstress and quilter. Her designs and color choices as well as her technique amaze me. And while I will never practice enough to be as good as she is – I do try to spread a little love with what she has taught me. Shortly before my first (and only) nephew was born my mom gifted me with a quilting class. I really enjoyed it and it gave me the confidence to try a baby quilt for a friend. It turned out cute enough that I made one for my nephew which started a trend. For each little one born to a sibling or sibling in law, I made a baby quilt. (To my oldest niece – sorry I started this after you were born! Maybe for graduation?)
When I started doing this I took the mommy before baby was born to a fabric store to have her pick out fabric or theme colors. And up until niece number 6, I pretty much used one pattern for the quilt – a simple 4 patch with coordinating theme prints.
This was a nice simple pattern, went together quickly and easily and was usually done by the time the little one arrived.
Niece #6 was born in Scotland – this complicated the whole “going shopping” thing with mommy! She did specify some colors and theme and even sent me some ideas of fabric she liked. But for some reason, I struggled to find something I liked. So one afternoon, Kevin, Steve and I headed to a quilting store – and there the 2 guys spotted a quilt pattern they fell in love with. Something that involved some techniques I had not done in years. But I thought – why not. I scoured some fabric shops and finally found the fabric. This quilt took me much longer than I anticipated, but was well worth it! Every quilt I sew – is sewn with love and prayers for each little one, I think this niece may have garnered a few more prayers due to how long it took. I did have some help along the way. My wonderful mother saw that it was taking me a while to get the applique portion done – so she jumped in and in 2 days had it done. I also have a binding specialist that I keep on retainer for finishing the last bit of the quilt – he does a superior job and comes pretty cheap. Below are pictures of the quilt in progress.
I love this quilt! I hope that it gives little Fi lots of warmth and that she always remembers she is loved.