This quilt was supposed to be a baby shower quilt. The baby who this quilt now belongs to is now 8 months old. I finally completed it and gave it to his parents this weekend. It may be the latest baby present ever.
I cut out the fabric for this quilt on April 24th or 25th. I can’t remember which day it was exactly. Because of work, I just left the cut out fabric on the card table I had temporarily set up in my office with plans to start sewing later in the week. Then, this happened on April 27, 2011…
The fabric that was left on the table was soaked and covered in broken glass from our shattered window. 5 inch squares of owls and whales were blown all over the rest of the house. I remember wet pieces of the fabric sticking to furniture. Needless to say, I didn’t want Baker to have a quilt made out of fabric that was once covered in glass. So, I chunked it all, claimed it on our insurance, and purchased a new set of the same fabric. I cut it all out again while we were living with my parents and started sewing. Life was busy, and it took me longer than I thought to complete it. It was the first quilt I’ve made from start to finish. I hand pieced it, and I hand quilted it on a hoop. It was a fun experience to make, and I’m glad I can say I’ve finished one!
The fabric on the front of the quilt is by Robert Kaufman. I bought the back piece of fabric at JoAnn’s. The pattern is a disappearing 9-patch, which I first read about here. I will definitely be making more of these!
This quilt will always be special to me because of what was going on in my life while making it. It isn’t perfect. My stitches are horrible in places, and I completely did the binding the wrong way without knowing it. Even though I knew it would be wonky in spots, I had to keep sewing. When I finished the last stitch, I felt like I was saying “hey tornado, take that!”
Baker’s parents have been friends with M for a long time, and I am so blessed to now call them friends. Sweet baby Baker is so cute, and I hope he enjoys it!