The influence of your baby quilt

8 Aug

Have you ever thought about the influence your most cherished baby blanket has carried in your life?  Maybe it’s just me.

This is my baby blanket.  My aunt Eileen is quite an artist and created this piece.  She painted the fabric and quilted this some thirty years ago now.  (This old quilt!!)  I was looking at my children’s baby quilts when it struck me how much my baby quilt has influenced not just my quilting, but my taste in fabric.  Little did my aunt know at the time that choosing a simple blue and white gingham backing fabric would become such a focus for me.

I made my first quilt when I was 16, purely on a whim.  No real reason, I just felt compelled to make something.  It was for a boy, and it was hideous!  At the time, I was quite proud of my work.  It was a simple nine patch made from scraps around the house and a few pieces I’d picked up at Joann.  All novelty prints, and no rhyme or reason whatsoever. I also tied it.  Anyhow, the one unifying fabric was the blue and white gingham I’d used to sash and back it with.  I later married that boy.  (And yes, I still have that quilt in a locked closet.  Do not ask to see it.)  When we married, we registered for household necessities, and I chose gingham lampshades.   I later chose blue gingham sofas for our second home.  *Protip* If you think you will ever have children or indoor pets, do not get gingham sofas.  Just sayin’.

Gingham sort of became a theme in my fabric choices.  The quilt that really sucked me into quilting, my first daughter’s baby quilt, is also backed in gingham, but pink this time.  Even my second daughter’s quilt has gingham.  These weren’t conscious choices, but one of those things that when you look at as a whole, you finally see the trend.

It’s not just my aunt’s choice in fabric that I admire now.  She has always been a fiber artist in every respect and really does not adhere to anyone’s “rules” on how to create.   It’s nice to be reminded that you don’t always have to do things the “right” way.  That’s where innovation takes over and you can create something truly unique and spectacular.

Anyway, this quilt I drug around with me everywhere was loved to bits.  My mother was kind enough to restore it for me last year and it now is regarded as an “untouchable quilt.”  It’s simply too special to me to be dragged around by another generation.  It is now treated as the work of art it truly is.


One Response to “The influence of your baby quilt”

  1. Travi August 9, 2010 at 4:28 am #

    You really have come a long way. All your quilts are awesome. Even if they are locked up.

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