If this is the first time you’re seeing this series, My Sister’s Quilts is the mini quilting memoirs of my sister who is a fantastic quilter and has made baby quilts for each of her 17 nieces and nephews. Today she’s showing you an Asian inspired baby quilt.
O’s quilt was made in assembly line with 2 other quilts! My husband’s sister had twins born in South Africa around a similar time, so I made three quilts at once!
It is fun now too to think of the 3 quilts on separate corners of the world, and with the Asian theme of the fabric, it all feels so international!
This was a fun project. I love how the bold colors came together.
O. has such a gentle nature that the dragons hardly seem fitting for him now. Perhaps though there is a comparison.
Some are graceful enough to carry a fire within themselves which, instead of being a danger, it instead represents itself as courage and kindness, warming the hearts of all those around them. This is O!
Thanks, Aunt Fessy! My favorite thing about this quilt is the red thread used for quilting! It adds such a bold flair to an already bold quilt. We’re nearing the end of this baby quilt series, and I’m really going to miss seeing all these beautiful and creative quilts!
If this is the first time you’re seeing this series, My Sister’s Quilts is the mini quilting memoirs of my sister who is a fantastic quilter and has made baby quilts for each of her 17 nieces and nephews.
I found the fabric for this quilt at IKEA in London, and instantly knew I had to use it to make something! Then I had a darling little nephew arrive and it seemed like a perfect fit!
I simplified the blocks to create a bold pattern to echo the viking theme. Things came together quickly to create one of my favorite quilts. (oh whoops, I think that I have said before that certain quilts were my favorite!)
I love how the backing fabric and the quilting pattern combined to mimic waves of a sea.
The vikings did not shy away from the stormy sees, but instead they demonstrated their strength and proved their power by setting sail in the midst of the storms. Because they took hold of opportunities when others were more inclined to take shelter, they became mighty conquerors despite rough waters.
And my dear nephew, in our ever changing and challenging world, I wish for you the same! May your ship be sound, your anchor be strong, and your influence be far reaching!
Love Aunt Fessy
I’ve always marveled how my sister can match a quilt to the personality of a baby she’s not yet met, and how the baby grows up to fulfill that quilted personality! Does that make any sense? Whatever, the case, however it works, David sure loves his baby quilt from Aunt Fessy!
This is the fifth 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 Thomas, my fourth child. I asked Sarah (who her nieces and nephews call Aunt Fess or Auntie Fessy) to share what she remembered about making this quilt.
Like almost all the quilts that I have made for my nieces and nephews, I started this one before I knew that Thomas was a boy! Red and white quilts were quite popular at the time, and I really wanted to make one. Then after Thomas was born I decided to add the ships to make it more boyish :-).
Its fun looking back on all these quilts because when I see each one of them I say “oh wow, that was my favorite one!” But I guess maybe it’s okay to have more than one favorite :-).
If I’m honest I don’t remember very much about the construction of this quilt. But I do love the end result. I always think it makes it more interesting when a quilt backing has some character as well.
I marvel at the time I used to have to make these quilts. And now that I have my own kids and I’m busy running around after their hobbies it makes me long for the time when I got to focus on my own!
I hope there is mostly smooth sailing in his future, but I also predict that this nephew will be able to navigate the sometimes stormy seas of life with ease!
Love Aunt Fess
Thanks Sarah for sharing. One of my favorite things about this quilt is the red, white & Blue variegated thread used for quilting! I think this nautical baby quilt would be perfect for any baby, and the color scheme is perfect for sewing a baby quilt before you know the gender! We’ll see you next month for the next installment of My Sister’s Quilts.