Thursday, September 23, 2010

A memory of a quilt

This is one of the first baby quilts that I made for a friend a few years ago. They, like us, struggle with fertility and they had decided to adopt a beautiful boy from Guatemala. It was very exciting to be part of their journey from home inspections, to placement, to knowing they were finally picking him up, and then being there with balloons in hand at the airport when they all arrived home. I was bawling like a baby (and at least one other person was too!) and so thrilled for them. Just yesterday, this little boy, now 4, was excited to see me and show me how well he could ride his bike.

Being that it was one of the first quilts that I gave away, I hadn't begun to properly document what I'd made. So I asked Joseph's mother to take some pictures of the quilt for me and I just recently got them.

Joseph's quilt 1

I designed this myself and I wanted to make a stars and stripes quilt to represent his new country and welcome him to his new home. I was even able to use her mom's embroidery machine to put his name on the quilt.

Joseph's quilt 3

I chose the fabrics to be kind of timeless...a little bit country but in an East coast kind of way. I love the ticking stripe for the back and throughout the quilt. I didn't want it to be super fussy so I decided to use star fabrics instead of piecing or appliqueing stars.

Joseph's quilt 2

I've done a lot of things since I made this quilt just a few years ago. My technique has improved. I've gotten a better machine that machine quilts much easier. But I haven't made one for a much sweeter reason. Celebrating families growing in any way is always an honor and I was so happy to be part of this one.

I've just finished another quilt that just may be for this same mom (hope she's not reading this! LOL). They, like we did last year, are having a miracle baby girl due one year and a day exactly after our girl was due. It's amazing and we're so happy to be celebrating with them once again as their family grows.


  1. What a lovely story to one of your 1st quilts. I'm impressed with it too, its a great idea and the use of the star fabric is genius.

  2. I love that quilt. I have been throwing the idea around to make an American quilt. I love the ticking too. It is timeless.

  3. How fabulous for them. That quilt is truly awesome. I have a thing for flag quilts anyway, but this one takes the cake!! Pattern in the works perchance ??.....

  4. ah...I'm sure that I could whip up the pattern to this one pretty quickly! I made it a few years ago, but I'll just steal it back from the family and get my measurements! ;)

  5. even though that quilt is so "not me", I really truly think it's wonderful. The fabrics you chose somehow manage to be patriotic and tasteful. What a beautiful story too!

  6. Thank you for sharing your story! I love the quilt.

  7. would you consider selling the pattern

  8. yes, i would...I think that I even have the layout already in the computer. I just haven't typed out and directions for it. Although it's pretty straight forward.

  9. What a fab idea to make a flag quilt for a new little American! I read about great ideas on the blogs every day. N


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