Sunday, September 23, 2012

Breaks and Babies

Anyone who has continued clicking through my posts through the ups and downs of the last few years will understand why this post resonated with me so much.  Breaks will happen, life does ebb and flow...the secret is to not let breaks become full stops.  That is what I am committing to.  That, and maybe fewer breaks.

Well, here I am in the sewing room continuing to work on baby quilts.  There is a certain challenge in making gifts.  There is this tension between making what I want to make and making what I think the other person will like - looking for that place where the two intersect, if such a place exists.  I have been playing around with different ideas as I suggested a few posts ago, but recently began to get frustrated because nothing I came up with seemed "right" for the friend with the soonest due date, and neither did anything I had on hand already seem appropriate.

I finally decided to revisit the baby registry and after looking at all the yellow and green prints that she'd chosen for the things on the registry I glanced around my space and my eye rested on a yellow and green print that I have been in love with lately (from a dress I bought at a thrift store intending to wear but that turned out to have a small tar stain on it that I had missed).  I decided to pull fabrics that I had on hand that would work with that print, and suddenly I started to see what might be at the intersection between my style and their tastes.  This is what I came up with:

Yellow & Green Baby Quilt

It is simple, but the best baby quilts usually are.  The light fabric is a buttery soft butter yellow flannel.


To me it is sweet, but not saccharin, baby appropriate, but still a tiny bit edgy.


Finally something I'm satisfied with.

Now I just have to quilt it, but that's the relatively easy part.


Debra Spincic said...

Your quilt is exactly right--very modern and hip, uses recycled fabric and has your voice. Finish it and be proud!

Andrea said...

Brilliant - just right. Love the colour combo - hand or machine quilting ? xx

Michael5000 said...

"To me it is sweet, but not saccharin, baby appropriate, but still a tiny bit edgy." It's a good target to aim for, and I think you nailed it. We who make quilts bear a certain responsibility to help those who are to come be a tiny bit edgy.

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