Friday, 17 June 2016

All The Baby Quilts

Baby quilts are fun to make.  They are small, quick to make, portable...  I have made a few baby quilts over the last couple of years, but there has been a baby shortage in my circle.  Close friends and cousins are all past that baby age, and the next generation is nowhere close to having babies, so baby quilts have been accumulating.


The stack


And then, all of a sudden, everyone is having babies!  a colleague, a kids' teacher, a former babysitter and her sister all had babies or are expecting.  Time to send some of the quilts to good homes where they will be loved!


My colleague J and her husband L are expecting their first child.  It's a girl!  J is well known for her sense of style, so I figured I'd better ask which one she wanted.  After consultation with her hubby, she chose one of my personal favourite: my rendition of Up, Up and Away, by Amanda Jean Nyberg.


Previously blogged here

Next, one of my kids' teacher is expecting a girl this summer.  I wondered whether a baby quilt was appropriate.  Should I be giving a "baby" gift when it is her work as a teacher I want to acknowledge?  I decided that she would probably appreciate the quilt more than the baby would, so the gift is really for her.   Plus, it is kind of fitting:  She took time all year to polish my "diamond in the rough" and guide him towards becoming a more mature pre-teen, and in turn, I am wrapping her little one in hand made love.

Previously blogged here

Next is my former babysitter, B, who just had a baby boy a couple weeks ago.  I haven't see the baby yet, but little S is getting this blue-green quilt.  I love simple squares patchwork!


Blogged here

Finally, that former babysitter has a sister, A, who also had a baby boy just a few weeks before.  I don't know her very well, but I am just too happy to have an occasion to give another handmade gift!  Plus, I really, really want to see the baby next time she comes to visit her parents!

Despite having a big pile o' quilts, I decided to make her a little something - my classic "quick" blanket.  It's 1 meter (or yard) of flannel + 1 meter of cotton, put together envelope-style, then quilted.   My stash is lacking in the boy or gender-neutral department, but I "happened" to be at the fabric store when I stumbled upon these little monkeys (in flannel).  Had to have them!  I found a cute polka dot cotton to complement it and there you have it!

Couldn't resist the monkeys


Perfect match


I love the texture and versatility of these soft snuggly blankets (I hesitate to call them quilt, though they are technically quilts).  Each of my own kids had one, they went from the stroller to the playpen to the car, to the park and at the beach, and everywhere in between, well into their toddler years. 


So happy to be a quilter and being able to welcome little ones into the world with something soft, warm, made with love!


7 comments:

  1. Baby quilts really are the best! Such a fun way to wrap the world in love! 😊

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  2. So many lovely quilties for lucky wee ones! You are such a generous quilter, Dominique!

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  3. How fun to have a sweet stack of quilts to gift from. I dream of doing this. Right now we are beginning the "packing away" process in anticipation of a move in a few months. Once we are settled in our new home I want to try my best to use up a good deal of the fabric I have on hand by making quilts ready to be given - either to local charities, or to those I know. I enjoyed reading this Dominique :o)

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  4. A handmade gift for a newborn is something so special. Your quilts are all made with love and look beautiful - I am sure they will all be very much loved. xx

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  5. Great post, Dominique. I loved reading about your special little quilts.

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  6. Great post, Dominique. I loved reading about your special little quilts.

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