I didn’t mean to leave you all in the deep freeze with snow pics for so long. I was hijacked by a two-month old whose mother needed emergency day care. So, for the last two weeks, I have been happily playing with and cooing at a sassy baby girl. Now back to the stitching!
Fourscore and seven years ago (okay, 3 years), in a galaxy far, far away (during my life as gwensmom) I started a baby quilt. It languished on the WIP pile until the snowy weekend pictured in the previous post.
The design is nothing to write home about- just a bunch of random squares and rectangles. But it’s worth blogging because it’s a refashion, I used something different for batting and it’s going to a great place.
The fabric is super soft reclaimed twill from two of my mom’s old schoolteacher jumpers and a thrifted jumper that matched the striped one I already had. The backing is a light blue solid chambray also found in a thrift shop.
For batting I used a piece of fleece from the stash. It was NOT easy to quilt! Unlike cotton quilt batting, fleece is slippery. I had to pin and quilt the middle part first and then keep re-pinning and quilting outwards toward the edges.
Was it worth the trouble? Yes, absolutely! The result is a very warm and cozy baby blanket. I wouldn’t mind having a bigger one for myself. I love all those blues.
This quilt will go to Mountain Baby Blankets, an internet project that has funneled over 500 quilts for children to Appalachia, a low-income mountain region in the eastern US. It was launched last year by Rachel Cox, a woman whose ability to stay positive in unfortunate circumstances amazes me, and whose funny baby girl makes me smile.
**edit: The Mountain Baby Blankets has ended.