October 09, 2009

Fall Quilt Festival 2009

Welcome to Sand and Sunshine, where you get a bit of both.  I'm so excited about this Fall Quilt FestivalAmy gave out hints so I was able to give some thought to which quilt I would enter and here it is.

I try to make all of my quilts double sided especially baby quilts like this one.

My dearly beloved sister loves to put of buying baby shower gifts to the very last minute.  She also loves to have me make quilts for her to give away.  I try very hard to find the best quality softest flannel so maybe that's the appeal.  I haven't been able to say no to my sister yet, but this one was by far my favorite. 

My sister was the teacher's aid at a local elementary school last year and the teacher she was helping was expecting a little boy over this past summer.  I just had to include the embroidered letters and the pretty greens.

ABC's at 26 letters don't divide to make good dimensions for a baby quilt, so after hoping around looking at baby quilt photos on other blogs I made these stars.  Each expressing words of hope that parents have for each and all of their children.

When the quilt was finished I felt it was perhaps more of a toddler quilt for the years to come so I added this little receiving blanket too.

I asked my sister the other day how the mom and baby were doing and she told me she hasn't seen the mom since she gave her the quilts. So my two quilts are out there, hopefully keeping a little boy warm and safe. I like to think these two quilts are loved with every fiber they are made of. I'd rather seen it worn to tatters than hidden away for years.

Thanks for stopping by!

37 comments:

Diva Quilts said...

I always think baby quilts are nice too - when you see them all cuddled up in them in their strollers it just makes you happy to think one you made is doing the same thing! Nice job! :)

Aunt Spicy said...

So fun to see you in the festival...and what a beautiful quilt!

Linda said...

Wonderful quilt! What a great way to celebrate the new baby and tie it in to school!

Trudi said...

What lovely thoughtful gifts, I really hope the recipient realises just how much love goes into their making. Thanks you for sharing your quilts and their story.

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

stitchinpenny said...

I love the quilts, sorry that you don't really know that they are loved, Imagine the most wonderful things since you don't know otherwise.

Carol said...

What a nice thing to do . I really like how you incorporated the words to live by in the stars.

Kelli said...

So creative! I so agree with you...I'd rather see my gifted quilts well used and loved.

dhblack said...

I like the double sided idea and the quilts are beautiful!

Stephanie (A Ditchin' Time Quilts) said...

This is great, love the colors and love the quilting, Very nice.

Anne said...

Oh, no! So much work and caring going into a quilt and then not to hear anything about it after it was given. So glad you shared your beautiful quilt here!

Me aka Supermom said...

This is fantastic!! How fun-

margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Shelly said...

I really like this one too!

Sara said...

That is a beautiful quilt - and to not have heard anything is just crazy. You do lovely work...

Rhondi said...

Great quilt! I like the large letters. They really look great.

W. Latane Barton said...

That is such a sweet quilt and one that some baby will be happy to have.

Dotti said...

Very Nice!

http://piecefulmusings.blogspot.com

Rene' said...

You are very generous to put so much work in a quilt and then give it away to "a friend of a friend" ;-))) This is a really beautiful quilt. I love the ABCs and the stars with messages. Too cute. Thanks for sharing.

Robin said...

Such a sweet quilt! I'm sure it is being used and loved. :)

Carol said...

What a lovely gesture and a lovely quilt.

Carol

paula, the quilter said...

Thanks for sharing this baby quilt. I like to make quilts for Project Linus and will try out new patterns in a baby quilt size.

Kaye Prince said...

Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for stopping by my blog (and then for stopping by again after you got your new router). Thank you for the nice comment you left on my quilt post.

I must say I really love your use of the alphabet in this quilt - I think it was a fabulous idea!

Quiltluver said...

How sweet of you to do that for your sister. Beautiful quilt.

Leslie said...

this is such a fun quilt...really beautiful

Lynnette said...

Lovely Quilt

Carin said...

Darling baby quilt!

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Baby quilts are definitely my favorite quilts. I'm with you that they should be tattered and worn years later and not 'saved' unused in a closet. Great idea to put the letter and stars on the back. :-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such a lovely quilt. Really fun.

Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Serena said...

Just beautiful Elizabeth. Sorry it took me so long to get here. I spent today at the Dr. Still no baby yet!!! ARGHH.

Keep well my friend and thanks for sharing this beautiful quilt in the festival.

Michelle said...

It is so sweet, and the stars are such a nice touch.

QuiltSue said...

A beautiful quilt, you put a lot of thoiught into it.

SewCalGal said...

I love your quilt and your story. Thanks for sharing and for participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

shiny4444 said...

I also hope your lovely quilts are loved and worn with use. Bless you, Lis


www.shiny4444.blogspot.com

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt !!

Marika

ParisMaddy said...

Sweet and caring and so nice of you.

Sara said...

Very sweet!

Heather Landry said...

Holy Hannah girl look at all of these comments! I think those quilts are being very loved. Don't you worry girl!