Since I am not fond of driving, and my friend is not a willing and comfortable passenger, she did all the driving. This was the perfect arrangement for me. Prior to the vacation trip, I took time to sew 7 handmade baby quilt tops for Unique Baby Quilt Boutique and pinned each so that I would be ready for what I jokingly called my “Ultimate Quilt-A-Thon.”
A new baby on the way, an anxious mother is in labor; the nervous father sits and waits for news on his long-awaited child. This is a familiar tale told each day in hundreds of hospitals around the world by millions of families and their respective doctors.
Quilts tell also many stories. Only this one will tell a different tale. This story has a new baby on the way and a mother giving birth, though there is no father with her by her side.
With 4th of July around the corner, many people are taking time out of their busy lives to honor those courageous men and women who have given of the themselves, and many with their lives, to give us freedom, that ALL enjoy in the United States. We take time to think of family and friends, past and present , who have marched on into battle and defended my right to write this blog now. This and many other freedoms must never be taken for granted. Those of us not in uniform MUST take time to do our share and ALWAYS say “Thank you’ to our troops.
“Friendships are sewn… one stitch at a time…”
Quilting may not be one of those “team activities” where you have dozens of ladies sit around all the time and join you in your sewing room. Now don’t get me wrong, you will always plenty of friends to keep you company while making that baby crib quilt. Surround yourself with some of my favorite quilting friends. Let me introduce you to some of them.
“One yard of fabric, like one cookie, is never enough!”
When designing a new baby quilt, the choice of fabric is so essential to my design. I sit for hours in quiet solitude with my “stash” just rummaging through the piles of organized chaos. I keep my materials together by color, but from that point the rest is truly a decision unique to each and every handmade baby quilt that I design.
“Asking a quilter to mend is like asking Picasso to paint your garage!”
When making a handmade baby crib quilt, I truly would rather start from scratch, choose wonderful colors, and design the baby quilt from the blocks in from of me, than mend a hem, fix a zipper, or tear out a seam. The creative side of me allows me the opportunity to bring to life each baby crib quilt as unique and different as the colors and the patterns themselves.