I wanted to do something for her parents to remember her by. During their struggles I really wanted to help but wasn't even able to make a meal for them because they cancelled that service the the day before I was scheduled to make one so that the mom could return to cooking, which was therapeutic for her.
I considered making a stuffed animal with the baby's name embroidered on it. But to be honest, I couldn't really get into that project. I still wanted to make something, I just wasn't sure what. I talked to my mom to brainstorm, and we agreed that something soft and cuddly that they could hold when they wanted to think of their daughter would be a good thing. I decided to make a quilt, because I definitely know how to make those!
I needed inspiration, and I needed to be able to do the project quickly because I didn't want to delay in giving it to the parents. So I looked on Etsy for ideas and found this darling quilt. I used those same ideas and inspiration in this quilt.
The back is a super-soft minky toile. The front is flannel, minky (from Joanns and Minky Delight's clearance section), and "snuggle fabric", as Joanns calls it. I decided against chenille like in the original, because I kind of hate the feeling of chenille, not sure why!
I used medium loft batting and wow, it's a thick quilt. I also sewed it up like a blanket instead of a quilt because I didn't have enough fabric for binding, and I like how it turned out. I still quilted it like a quilt though. The heart were done with my free motion foot. I've never used it on my new machine, and I really like it, but I still kind of boofed them up a bit. Not too badly, though!
It's about 30" square. I was originally planning something smaller, but the design kind of grew and grew.
I will give it to the mom and dad on Sunday. I'm a little hesitant. A lot of love and prayers went into this quilt, and I hope it helps their grief rather than causes them more grief. It's hard to know what will help people. But I definitely felt impressed to make something for them, and this is what came out, so I just have to have faith that the Lord will use my skills as a way to help them out.
I hope everyone has a Happy New Year. I have plenty of new goals and resolutions and I hope I can start off the year well. Next week stay tuned for another quilt for my brother, possibly some diapers, and a purse for my cousin.