Since making the quilt for Jamie and Karl, I have learned a few things. One is that I really like to quilt, so I will use any excuse I have to make another quilt. I learned just over 9 months ago that one of my favorite cousins Aaron and his wife Kristin were going to have another baby, so naturally I had to make a quilt for this little bundle of joy.
As a child I always looked forward to going to big family events because I knew Aaron would be there, and although I had no idea what we would end up doing, I knew it would be fun. Aaron is actually my father's cousin, he is the youngest grandchild and I am the oldest great-grandchild, I think there is like a 5 year age difference. Anyway I spent many fun times being harassed by Aaron, being locked outside in the cold Minnesota winter, and one memorable evening he hooked up sleds behind my grandfather's four wheeler and spent quite a few hours pulling us along behind him trying to make us fly off the sleds. Naturally, I have to repay this kindness by making a quilt for his newest family addition.
I had a bunch of old receiving blankets that I had picked up from a garage sale a few years ago with the idea that cut up, they would make the most amazing baby quilts. So I got out my stash and went to work. When I started working on the quilt, they still did not know the sex of the baby so I tried to find something that would be somewhat gender neutral. Sadly my stash of baby blankets did not like this idea, most of the baby blankets I had were varying shades of blue. However, I did have one blanket in this blue stash that had both blue and pink balloons, and I came up with an idea. I would use all of these blue blankets to make a quilt with a lovely flannel front, but I would bind the quilt with pink, use pink thread and once the baby was born, embroider their name on it in pink. So I set about cutting and sewing together my fabric...
Because I am a nerd and like the idea of pretending like this quilt was purchased from some sort of business for them, I typed up a care card to include when I sent the quilt. If I ever get enough stuff made to open an etsy shop or if I feel like selling my stuff in town I can use this template which I rather like :)