I simply love making baby quilts! They are relatively quick (in quilting terms) and I love being able to gift them to my baby making friends. Since I left Redwood City and moved to Portland, three of my really good friends are having babies, and I'm sure that there are more to come! It's hard not being able to be there for all of the showers and seeing them through this process of motherhood. So making a quilt for their new little one helps me feel connected to the process and so a part of me gets to "be there" with them.
Last Saturday was such a day, my friend Jill is having a baby boy and she was showered with many gifts. Here is the quilt before I sent it away:
I say this every time, but I really love this quilt! It's super easy to make, it's four log cabin blocks, that you cut into four squares and then I arranged the total 16 blocks until it's in a pleasing arrangement. Also, I'm trying to practice free-motion quilting to improve my abilities. I really enjoyed this random triangle pattern and will be using it lots more. Stripey binding is my favorite, so I machine-binded the binding on. I send the quilt with just enough time to get there for the shower. On the day of the shower, I texted a good friend, Azadeh, and she took pics for me of Jill opening the quilt at her shower. It was so nice to see and made me feel happy to be able to "see" her opening it. :) (Also it was fun to see Aftan in the background writing down all of the presents)
So glad that you love it, Jill! Can't wait to meet your little guy!
Do you have any traditions of gifts that you make for your pregnant friends? Or a specific gift that you always give at a shower?