I feel a deep and satisfying compulsion to make baby quilts, so many baby quilts! I wish that I could make one (or more) for every couple or young woman/baby I am connected to. It is somehow an extension of mothering; almost as though I can reach my arms around that baby in a baby quilt hug. I have been known to say ” I don’t think I will ever finish a masterpiece because I stop every few months to make a baby quilt!” I word it like a complaint but truly I think it is more fun and more satisfying to finish and give a baby quilt than any masterpiece. I cannot really make that comparison yet due to not completing any such masterpiece. When that day finally comes I will describe the comparison properly and blog it dutifully right here. For now my masterpiece is a “mommy piece” and I think that baby quilting is the perfect bridge in my efforts to transition between full time mommying and full time art/crafting. It is somehow a little of both.
This was my first “Sweet Stripes” baby quilt pulled together from random and close at hand scraps and a few carefully chosen prints and batiks from the shelf. I was completely winging it, as I like to do when making a quilt for daily use. I try to create that professional quilt look from the random fabrics I have and sometimes I like the result and sometimes I am not sure…
That spray bottle in the foreground is 505 spray to baste the 3 layers together that makes the quilting process SO MUCH EASIER!! I learned that little trick at the Ricky Tims seminar I attended and blogged about here An Open Letter to Ricky Tims. It cuts the time it takes me to make a quilt by a half to a third. It also cuts out one of the least fun parts, involving all those safety pins and pulling, taping and worrying!
I think the best best thing about making these quilts is seeing the mommies that I gift them to, wrap their little ones in them and carry them around until they fade and almost fall apart. It is kind of a funny response when so much of quilt work is quilt preservation and careful handling so that they last the longest! The sweet mommy that I gave this to carries it everywhere she goes and it simply warms my heart.
It is not perfect and as I wrote to the mommy who thanked me via Facebook the picture below, “I enjoyed making it! It isn’t perfect but that is never my goal in a baby quilt–snugly, colors that work and lots of love in the stitches!”