While there's something so satisfying about finishing a gift quilt or sewing project—simple or not—even more satisfying is when it is finally in the hands of the person you made it for.
|A quilt for Baby Charlie.|
Last week, I sent a baby quilt from Massachusetts to California, for a new baby born in late August. I stalked Baby Charlie's parents, as I was a little nervous about the package making its cross-country trek. But the box did arrive, and now baby and quilt are united!
I picked out the quilting cottons with my husband, who I dragged to the fabric store one Saturday afternoon. I believe my husband has an eye for color, while he'd tell you he has an eye for getting out of the store as quick as possible.
When we saw a blue fabric with fresh-water fish on it, it was a perfect choice for our outdoorsy, native New England friends currently living in California. We picked green and orange fabric to match the colors of the fish to complete the front. For the back, sea turtles added a touch of California oceans sure to please our diver friends.
The quilt will hopefully offer not only warmth, but lessons on the creatures that live in lakes, ponds, and oceans. We're sure it will, as Charlie's mom is an environmental science teacher.
I also included a note with the quilt, saying it was made with love, but made to be loved. For me, nothing is worse than a quilt I made sitting on a shelf because it's handmade and deemed too pretty or too special to use. So Baby Charlie has free reign to spit up on it, drag it around, and do whatever he pleases with it.
Some of you might remember me saying earlier this fall I was done feeling the guilt of needing to make a baby quilt for every friend of mine with child. Now that Baby Charlie's quilt is complete, I am moving on to some new baby projects that I will share down the road. (Hint: bibs!)
I'm not necessarily done sewing baby blankets, though. But I have begun to think more strategically in terms of the designs I choose, and ways to finish a simple kids quilt pattern in a matter of days or a week, instead of months. Think simple, Abby!
|Sea turtles swim on this RJR fabric.|
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Have you finished any projects lately—simple, or complex? What are your thoughts on the joys of finally giving a gift to the person you spent hours making it for? I can't wait to hear.