This is the baby quilt I made for my friend, Joy. She should be having a little girl at the end of December (or at least they’re hoping for that for tax purposes!). She and her husband have tried for a long time to get pregnant, so this is a long-awaited baby.
I almost always make baby quilts for my friends’ babies, and since that kind of takes away the element of surprise, and since she’s a good friend, I wanted her to choose exactly what she wanted. That was a good idea in theory, but Joy is so easygoing that she liked most things I showed her. She did seem to love this Robert Kauffman Urban Zoologie bird print, though, so I built off that.
The front pattern is a simple brick style, and I used 4”x8” bricks. I saved a good portion of the bird print for the backing as well and filled in with coordinating prints on the front.
I love the colors in the bird print, but I think my favorite part about this is the quilting. I wanted to do something different than just as stipple. I thought about a floral pattern, or a grid pattern with the bricks, but after browsing pinterest, I stumbled upon an idea I’m sure I’ll use again in the future. I saw a picture of cricut/scrapbooking words with long curly tails like “adorable,” or “love,” and I thought it would be cute for a quilt. This quilt already had “lines” built in. However, when considering the words, I wanted it to be meaningful, so I ended up choosing a Bible verse from 1 Samuel 1:27– “For this child I have prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of him.” There have been many prayers and lots of waiting for this little girl, and I thought it was fitting.
The verse isn’t overly noticeable amidst the swirls and flowers I quilted to fill up the space, but if you look for it, it’s there. Joy will know it’s there, too, and I’m so glad I thought of that instead of simple swirls or flowers.
I finished it off with a new (homemade) label—I’m so looking forward to ordering some woven ones, but I want to be sure I order exactly what I want, so I’m waiting a bit.
I also made Joy these matching burp cloths, just so she would have a surprise. She pinned a set like this the other day, and they’re such a quick and easy project (for whatever reason, I find them so fun to make!). I grabbed a big package of cloth diapers from Target, so I’ll probably be adding a set of these to most of my future baby gifts.