Why I Quilt - Episode 2
Aloha! Welcome to my second personal “Why I Quilt” post.
This one is another fun one, because it features quilts for two kiddos! You may recognize them from some earlier posts, but when they showed up before, you didn’t get to see who the recipients were.
The mother of the family, Shalyce, is a dear friend of mine that I met through an online mommy-meet-up group for working mothers in our city. We hit it off right away, and we filled a friendship-void for each other. We’ve never looked back!
Once our kids and husbands met, we discovered that our friendship wasn’t just going to be a mom’s-night-out situation - we had new friends for the whole family! Both our husbands are named Kyle and love to golf, and our older kiddos got along great. At the time, the second batch of babies were just a glimmer in our eyes...
The two special kids who received these quilts are two sweet brothers who are the same ages as my own kids. Killian, the older brother, is 2 days younger than my son Lewis. And Lochlan, the younger brother, is 9 days older than my daughter Ellen. Shalyce and I didn’t know each other when we were pregnant with Killian and Lewis, but we had so much fun going through our second pregnancies together!
Killian, sleeping with his quilt
The quilt for Killian was a big-boy quilt, which I made for his big-boy bed for his big-boy 2nd birthday. I was told that his bedroom would be transitioning to a dinosaur theme, so I took that and ran with it!
My son, Lewis, testing out the quilt for his buddy, Killian
I had so much fun making this quilt, but, similarly to the triangle quilt in my last post I felt like it was too wild and busy when I “finished” the top. Not to worry though - my tried-and-true add-a-border trick solved that problem lickety split!
Lochlan’s quilt was a bit trickier for me. First off, I was pregnant on modified bed rest, working full time, had a toddler, and had 4 (!) other baby quilts in-progress for other expectant mothers. So finding the time and energy was a definite hurdle. But keeping babies warm is something I find joy in, so in the end, time and energy were found!
The second, smaller hurdle was that I always find it challenging to make baby quilts when I don’t know the sex of the baby. But Shalyce gave me a great starting point with the nursery theme - Wizard of Oz! So I was able to get over that hurdle pretty quickly.
I went with an abstract interpretation of the theme - you can see the obvious reference to Dorothy, the rainbow, and the poppies, but I also used the green fabric to reference the Emerald City, the cream/orange/brown fabric to reference the lion/scarecrow, the gold fabric to reference the yellow brick road, and the grey background to reference the tin man.
I kept the poppies fabric to a minimum because it was the most obviously feminine fabric, but I did absolutely want to include it, because Shalyce’s sister was making her some crib sheets using the same fabric. How fun to match!
Lochlan snoozing with his quilt and matching sheets
The quilt was gifted at Shalyce’s baby shower, and it ultimately featured in Lochlan’s monthly pictures as well as a smash-cake photo shoot for his first birthday!
Lochlan at 6 months old with his quilt
Lochlan's smash cake with his quilt. Photo by Lindsey Wiatt Photography
As always, it is so special to gift quilts to people I love - and Killian and Lochlan definitely fall into that category. The bonus of giving quilts to the children of friends is that I also feel like I am showing the friends that I love them too! And showing people my love is why I quilt!
Next week I will write a “Why I Quilt” feature on behalf of Nancy the Quilting Goddess… but even though it is about Nancy’s quilts, it is still quite personal because you will get to see a couple Quilter’s Mart babies - my precious Lewis and Ellen!!
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- Carolyn Knees