My entry for Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2013 is this Paper Pieced Baby Quilt:
I made it for a friend who was expecting her second baby – another girl.
I used these orphan Paper Pieced Blocks (my first ever!) that I made at Fat Quarterly Sewing Retreat in London last year…
… and turned them into a simple baby quilt top by sashing the blocks in white.
I basted the quilt sandwich and drew a 2” grid with a watersoluble pen.
Afterwards I used a free motion foot and some white thread to quilt dogwood petals all over the negative space.
In between and around the blocks I quilted some organic (aka: free motion) straight lines and bound it in matching stripes.
If it hadn’t been intended for my friend’s newborn girl, I would have kept if for myself. I love this little quilt best of all quilts that I made – even if it is not flawless.
The baby arrived around mid-April, I gave her the quilt two weeks ago and I am happy to report that she loves it. Why so late? you may ask, my anglophone friends. Well, in Germany we don’t celebrate a “Baby Shower”. Celebrating a Baby before its birth is superstitiously believed to bring bad luck.
Traditionally a german baby-birth-party (aka “Pinkelparty”) was thrown by the Baby’s father (while mother and baby are still at the hospital) for Dad’s (male) friends and (male) neighbours.
Nowadays, these parties are often attended by men and women alike and they are usually postponed until 10-20 days after baby’s birth so that the baby and its mother can attend, too. Nevertheless, these parties are still quite informal and casual. Beyond comparision to all those beautiful “baby showers” that pop up in blogland.
Is there a “baby-party-tradition” in your country/region/family? Please do share, it will be fun to compare superstitions and/or (silly) traditions!
Thank you very much for visiting and reading.
Have a nice festival week!