Baby Quilts

Before my daughter was born a friend and I got it into our heads that it would be a great idea to make a quilt. She was pregnant at the time and I was just, well, interested in making a quilt.

I hated the entire process from start to finish (mainly because it took so long and required the use of a machine) but I loved the final product.

There is something so comforting about a quilt. A handmade quilt seems even more so. Americans! Is this what you call a ‘comforter’? Or is it still just a quilt?

Anyway, I remember swearing that this would be the one and only quilt I would ever make and it is carefully folded and stored away until I can give it to Molly as a present when she graduates from her cot to a ‘big girl’ bed.

I should have known better than to make such a sweeping statement! As a parent I have learned to stop saying things that start with the words ‘I will never…’ as I unfailingly turn around and do the very thing I said I wouldn’t a week later. Apparently I need to apply this rule to crafting as well.

These are the prepared fabrics and batting for four baby quilts. And not machine-quilted baby quilts as I don’t own a sewing machine, but hand-quilted, one tiny stitch at a time baby quilts. 
I absolutely love the process. Of all the hand crafts that I have done this is so far the only one that I sit down with and enjoy working on simply for the sake of the movement of the needle, the tiny rows of stitches emerging, the small puffs of fabric between the rows of thread.
I have no desire to rush this into a finished product, instead I enjoy the process itself. I love sitting with the blanket over my knees, thinking about the little people that might get snuggled up underneath this when it’s done. Without the buzz of a sewing machine and the stress of the thread and bobbins and noise waking Molly I can sit and take my time over these little blankets, and I am completely charmed with this old-fashioned, loving approach to sewing something for a special little person. 
One tiny stitch at a time.

About Charlotte Marjoribanks Designs

I live in New Zealand with my daughter and husband. I take photos, I knit, I design knitting patterns, and I try and live thoughtfully (whatever that means on any given day).
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3 Responses to Baby Quilts

  1. Still a quilt. A big, lovely quilt. And I'm betting the four new ones you are enjoying so much are going to be lovely as well!

  2. Charlotte says:

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  3. Charlotte says:

    thank you, both for the clarification and the compliment! : )

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