This is the fourth 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 Tessa, our brother’s second child. I asked Sarah (who her nieces and nephews call Aunt Fess or Auntie Fessy) to share what she remembered about making this quilt.
Tessa’s quilt was made when I myself was pregnant with my first child. I think for this reason, I was inclined to sew a much more soft, tactile, and nurturing quilt than my previous ones! Put it down to hormones, or nesting instincts, but I remember sewing stitches of LOVE into this sweet soft quilt in anticipation for my own little bundle of love! (I actually never made my son his own quilt, but I DID paint a TinTin mural on his bedroom wall, so maybe that counts. 🙂
As I was living in London at the time, and quilting isn’t as big of a hobby over there, I remember scouring the shops all across the city looking for just the right fabrics! There are a few specialist boutiques dotted around, so it was a fun adventure to research their locations and then go on little adventures trying to find them. Keep in mind, these were the days before GPS on smart phones! It was fun, and gave a lot of Saturday outings a fun purpose.
I was delighted when I found the soft sheep’s wool fabric, and also the nursery rhyme themed flannel for the backing. The ribbon and other embellishments were a fun addition.
I like the little lambs on a quilt, so one can count sheep if they can’t fall asleep! But I also like to think of how I unknowingly created quite a fitting quilt for Tessa who has such a gentle lamb-like nature!
Wether she is counting sheep, counting kittens, counting chickens, or counting her siblings, I love to think of how my sweet little niece will be someone others can count on as she grows into a gentle young lady!
This is another quilt I’ve never seen before! Special thanks to my sister in law, Anna, for photographing this quilt! And of course, thanks Sarah for sharing. I think this baby chick quilt would be perfect for any baby, and I can even see myself snuggling up under it! We’ll see you next month for the next installment of My Sister’s Quilts.