I Spy Baby Quilt
30" x 42"
Finished just in time for Amanda's baby. My second cousin, Stuart Oster and Amanda were married in a beautiful, touching ceremony April 30, 2010. This is the first grandchild for my cousin Tom and his wonderful wife, Carla. This baby is coming into a large circle of LOVE. I'm in the process of making a small wall quilt out of the scans done at 20 weeks. When Amanda and Stuart came for a quick visit last fall, I was totally amazed at these scans. I wanted to make this quilt first as the baby is due in early February.
This is my second baby quilt. The first one was for Morgandy. Not knowing what I was suppose to do, this quilt was also an "I Spy". I can't remember exactly how big it was. However, it was too big to drag around. I wanted this new quilt to be small enough so that the child could drag it around for play. Like my first quilt, I wanted it to be interesting for a child.
The baby's room is yellow like the back of the quilt. The crib is one of the most beautiful pieces of furniture I've ever seen. It is wood stained a soft gray. The grain shows through. It will become a headboard in later years. Because of the gray, I used all different gray fabrics to boarder my groups of six . I think this will allow the quilt to be interesting to the child, yet fit the bedroom decor.
All fabrics and batting were washed before cutting. I wash everything that comes into my house. I've also learned to test ribbons and trims. While making my first baby quilt, one of the pieces of grosgrain bleed. Luckily I found it immediately because I was using a steam iron to press the pieces over. Because this hopefully will be used for a newborn, I washed it again after quilting and binding. It is lightly quilted to keep it soft and cuddly.
The batting is "Warm & Safe" by the Warm Company. It is naturally fire retardant. It is also non toxic, non allergenic, and free from chemicals. Luckily I had some on hand, because I can not find this anymore. When I used it for Morgandy's quilt, I bought an extra bag to keep on-hand.
We are having a blizzard at the moment, so it gives me a chance for quiet quilting and posting this quilt. It will go in the mail Thursday when the roads are hopefully cleared. Hope it is loved.