I know, I know, three 1500 word posts were not enough, right? Didn’t I cover this topic already? Sheepishly, I must admit, after writing the saga of my first quilt, I was sewing one night, and remembered – “Oh, my gosh, I made a two baby quilts when I was pregnant with my firstborn!”
Okay, I didn’t think firstborn, but you get the picture. So, here’s the story.
I was young, not even 20, newly married, pregnant, and we recently moved to Texas, 1000 miles away from everyone I knew! We were relatively poor and I was lonely and bored, so as part of my nesting, I decided to sew up some baby clothes for my newborn. Several outfits later, and numerous occasions of swollen feet, I had a few outfits. They were darling little one piece numbers and gowns, super cute, wish I still had them, but I unwittingly loaned them to a friend who never returned them. They stood up really well over several children, though.
After I got the clothes done, and the bumper pad covers in a bright orange print, I had some leftover fabrics, and decided to make a baby blanket/quilt. I had some iron-on embroidery patterns, so I picked a a couple designs, embroidered those, and put on a border. Now, I didn’t know much about quilting back then, and I was in Texas, so I don’t think I used batting. But, I wanted to hold two layers together, to cover the embroidery stitching, so I sewed multi-colored rows of stitching, basically machine quilting.
When I was done with that, I had an old flannel sheet that I cut and put two pieces together, and did about the same thing, except I had a patch I put in the middle.
Oh, and how does this tie in to Writing 101, Day Sixteen, something about “Lost and Found”? Well, I was pretty sure I had given these to my son when he moved to Georgia a couple years ago. I sent him a text, and he replied that he was sure I did not. I rummaged through my cedar chest, the only place I knew I would have them, but, they were not there.
I let him know I did not find them, and sent up a silent prayer that they were not lost. A couple days later, he sent me pictures from his phone. And, here there are, the real first two “quilts” I ever made, when I was 20, for my baby. (not the best pictures)
Hey found them! It’s the goofiest looking rabbit ever? I think so, but, hey, it was the early 80’s.
Having moved so much, I didn’t keep a lot of my kids toys or baby stuff, but I kept these, because I made them. Now, my son can use them for his children, someday.