Thursday, December 26, 2013

A quilt for Baby.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and was able to spend time with their loved ones and share lots of love and laughter. I know I did and I am reminded how blessed I am to be surrounded by so many people who care about me.

As of Tuesday, I am 35 weeks along and have 35 days until my due date (33 now). That seems so close! Things at the house are coming together. Baby Girl's room is looking like an actual bedroom and our cats are slowly adjusting to all the new things coming into the house!

This is a post I've been itching to publish! And today I'm finally doing it.

I can't wait to show you one of my favorite things we have awaiting Baby's arrival. Her new quilt!

I had her quilt made by a friend of mine, Dannielle, who is just simply amazing. [Visit her website here] She's crafty, she's creative and she sews! I'd seen other quilts and fabric projects Dannielle has made for others and knew she was the one to ask for a job like this. You see, this isn't any ordinary baby quilt. The fabric for this quilt is very very special.

The pinks and grays and blues are all old t-shirts that my husband and I could part with. Baby will always have a bit of us with her when she has this blanket. The pink backing is from a cashmere blanket I've had since college that has been to every apartment I've rented, every house I've lived in and beyond. It was the perfect color and the perfect softness for this.

The extra special features in this quilt are the white fabric pieces. The white hexagons and the trimming around the edges? Oh, yea, those are parts of my wedding dress.

When I presenting Dannielle with the idea of possibly taking a pair of scissors to my dress and creating a quilt for the baby, I was afraid she would call me nuts and refuse. On the contrary, she loved the idea! And it made me feel less crazy for suggesting it.

The truth is, the wedding dress will mean so much more in/on a blanket than it ever will just hanging in my closet. It got its use 2 years ago and now I can let it live on in something much more special and lasting.

My husband was on board. Dannielle was on board. So, the plan was executed.

She started with all the fabric I gave her: old t-shirts, my cashmere blanket and most importantly, my wedding dress.

Then she cut all those swatches into the half-hexagon shapes and laid them out.

She sent me pictures along the way to make sure I still liked the color scheme. . .  & of course, I did!

Once she had it where we both were happy, she got to sewing!

All that was left was to add the trimming on the edges (the satin from the bottom of my wedding dress) and the backing (my old pink cashmere blanket).

And it was done!

I'm beyond happy with what Dannielle was able to create and I LOVE the hexagon pattern, as opposed to a standard square pattern.

I hope this quilt will be something Baby takes with her beyond childhood and can treasure as much as we are sure to treasure her.

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  1. Pictures don't do it justice! Even more beautiful in person :)

    Great idea! Love it!

    Not sure if I can hack up my wedding dress quite yet............

    A family friend of ours had stockings made for her girls (they are our age, ha!) out of old jeans and t-shirts from their dad and some of her nightgowns. She joked around about using her underwear, lol!

    1. Thank you, Kel! I've seen so many quilts made from sentimental fabric. I just love preserving memories like this.


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