This is the third entry in a series about baby quilts made by Aunt Sarah for her 15 nieces and nephews. We talked her into sharing each one here on Skirt Fixation. The next one in line is for Ella, our brother’s oldest child. I asked Sarah (who her nieces and nephews call Aunt Fess or Auntie Fessy) to share what she remembered about making this quilt.
My inspiration for this quilt was ALASKA! I was lucky enough to be able to visit my favorite big brother (OK only brother :)) in Skagway, Alaska in earlier years. Alaska touched me, affected me, and changed me, like I’m sure it does most people.
What is the raw beauty of Alaska, the vivid scenery, and the way the glaciers and steep mountains just dropped into the ocean, is the masterwork that is ingrained in my memory. It is breathtaking.
The contrast of colors, the clarity, the crisp air, and the warm sunshine on my back, penetrated right through me, to my heart during an a amazing hike we took. These memories are beautiful to me.
So naturally, when I thought of my brothers first baby being born in Alaska, I wanted to try to in some way bring that same essence of beauty and clarity into a quilt. I chose the contrasting colors: white for purity, and the teal for its majestic tones.
The sharp edged squares echo the crisp Alaskan air, and of course the little hearts show how I am in love with Gods creation of scenery, and of souls.
Today Ella is a beautiful, special niece, who is growing a little too fast for my liking! I hope that though the adventures of life, all will be able to appreciate the beauty of her soul, and be touched by the clarity of her spirit.
Love you Ella!
This is exciting for me because I’ve never seen some of these quilts before! Special thanks to my sister in law, Anna, for photographing this quilt! And of course, thanks Sarah for sharing. We’ll see you next month for the next installment of My Sister’s Quilts.