Friday, April 13, 2012

Oh, Baby!

Our older son and his wife are expecting their second child before this month is over. That must be why babies are so much on my mind. I've been dreaming odd dreams that involve babies. And seeing fabric and thinking, "Now that would make a nice baby quilt."

I've already made a quilt for Cinco (yes, this will be our fifth grandchild and we don't know the gender) and given it to our dear DIL. But I continue to think about baby quilts.

Like the pattern on the left, for instance, which is a group of blocks that Marsha made. I don't know what Marsha's plan for these blocks might be, but don't you think that design would be darling for a baby quilt? I do. And, in fact, have picked up a couple of Aneela Hoey charm packs for just such a purpose.


Fortunately, there's a bit of a need for baby quilts at present. Besides Cinco, the strings teacher at school is expecting a girl (oh, perhaps the Marsha/Hoey quilt would be for her?) and another young friend is due in the autumn, and my friend from church has requested a baby quilt for the silent auction at the Oktoberfest.

Ever since I bought Emily Cier's Quilt Remix I've loved what she's done with the pinwheel block and wanted to do an interpretation of it. Prolly will mean -- gasp -- buying some fabric. But maybe not. What would you think about batiks and black for a [somewhat sophisticated] baby? With these pinwheely bubbles? Is that too bizarre an idea? Or should I hit The Old Country Store next weekend when I'm out at White Oak?  Brutal honesty is needed here. You know I don't want to shop unnecessarily!

In any event, get ready to see some baby quilts here in the next couple of months. And to read a Big Announcement when Cinco arrives!




8 comments:

Brenda said...

I've been making baby quilts for donation as part of our guild challenge this year, and it's a great way to play with fun fabric and be done quickly and on to the next one. just an idea: how about a string quilt for the strings teacher?

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Janet O. said...

Oh, I love the blocks Marsha made--so cute! It would be a great baby quilt. I know that pattern is in at least a couple of books that I have seen.
With that list of baby quilts to make, no wonder you are dreaming about babies!
I love black with batiks, and these days, anything goes for a baby quilt. Seldom is it the traditional pastels for babies anymore.
Brutal honesty, huh? Well, I say with so many baby quilts to make you are definitely going to need to make a fabric pit stop eventually. Better sooner, than later--then you will be PREPARED! : )

Mimi said...

I would hold on the black... there is a lot of blank space in that quilt. How about making the bubbles and then taking them to the LQS and trying different colors including black...

Bobbi said...

I like Mimi's idea - and you get to shop anyway, whether you need it or not! What's a trip to White Oak without shopping????

Bobbi said...

I like Mimi's idea - and you get to shop anyway, whether you need it or not! What's a trip to White Oak without shopping????

Ray said...

Oh, I love both quilts!! I'm with Mimi but maybe a bit stronger. I'd pass on the black - but taking some circles to try on different backgrounds. YES!! And, I think you need a trip to the quilt store. Don't we all?

Char said...

I like the idea of black with batiks for a baby quilt, but go shop anyway!