Today my sister was lovely enough to host a baby shower for one of my two pregnant daughters-in-law. This one was for my older son's wife. To the left is a picture of what I gave her.
You probably are thinking that it doesn't look very new. And you are right. I picked it up in 1968 at the PX when we'd been married a year and believed that we wouldn't be able to have children (not that we could have afforded any then, anyway). I bought it and hid it away in my underwear drawer until September of 1974 when I brought it out for Tom to wear home from the hospital. He and two other babies wore it and I packed it away again, not quite sure why. I found it in the attic a few weeks ago and thought Someone Else might get some wear out of it.
I also gave this quilt to the expectant mom. I love these happy animals who were part of a farm block swap. I made the crow and the rooster and the sheep in the middle. I believe Karrin made the pig and Desertsky the cow. I don't know about the others. This swap was pretty many years ago and yielded one or two other baby quilts. I was partial to this one and -- again -- packed it away for someday. I made other quilts for Sammy and Carrie when they were born and I imagine I'll make plenty more grandchild quilts.
But this one, I thought, was just right for the child of the quirky guy who wore the blue and white kimono, a baby we are so looking forward to meeting on or about April 10!