I love making quilts for people. It’s so much fun to have a certain person or couple in mind when designing and sewing a quilt just for them, and thinking about how it will be used or how it will look in their home. For example, last year I made my friends Fiona and Adam a quilt that I pictured them using for picnics or camping trips, and another quilt for my friends Dave and Annie that was meant to remind them of how they met tree-planting.
When I was expecting my baby last fall/winter, planning a baby quilt for my little one was so special. We didn’t know if baby was a boy or girl, so it had to be appropriate for both. I imagined my baby taking naps with the quilt in his/her crib (this was before I read that babies can’t sleep with any blankets at all) and how it might possibly end up being his/her favourite “blankey” (quite the honour for a kid to bestow on a blanket!).
After toying with some different ideas, I decided to do a quilt based on this gorgeous one I’d seen on the Workroom blog. I started work on it last December so I’d have plenty of time to finish before baby was due at the end of March. Such good intentions I had…
It was a quick design to put together since it’s made with all half-square triangles. It was also a good way to use up fabric Ifrom my stash so I didn’t have to buy anything new. I had originally added a couple of really colourful fabrics to the mix, but after piecing the top I didn’t think the colours were jiving so I appliqued a dark blue over those. You can see the before and after below. (Check out this post for a quick trick I used to iron the edges of the triangles I appliqued).
Months passed. Seasons changed. I vacated my sewing room to make room for the nursery, and everything ended up in the basement in boxes. My beautiful baby boy was born. I had zero interest in doing anything non-baby related.
Then it was June! I wanted to sew again! With my hands! So, 10 weeks after my little guy was born he has a finished baby quilt!
I pieced the quilt top and sewed the underside of the binding with my machine so it would be a bit more durable, but I decided to do the quilting and binding by hand for this quilt, which is a first for me. Little did I know that I’d enjoy it so much! I had no idea how long it would take and assumed it would be months, but I actually finished the quilt in a few days. I’m sure it helped that my stitches were really wonky and imperfect. I’ve decided that since my free time is so limited, I’m only going to sew if I find it fun, and wonky stitching is a heck of a lot more fun than impeccable stitching!!
It seems fitting to do most of the sewing by hand because this is a really special quilt to me, and it’s only 3 feet square. Since my sewing machine is now in the basement, and I never really know if baby will be napping for 15 minutes or 3.5 hours, hand sewing has been the perfect activity. I don’t have to sit in the same spot to sew and I can easily pick up my project and work on it when I have some free time.
And this post wouldn’t be complete without some action shots of the little guy, n’est-ce pas?
Now that the baby quilt is done, I’m itching to keep hand stitching! I think my next project will be a big quilt to bring when we go to the park, something we’ve been doing a lot of lately. Stay tuned!