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Monday, December 28, 2009

Featured Quilt Of The Week - "First Steps"

Did your grandmother wear aprons? Mine did. They were full length ones that slipped over the head and tied around the waist. Several of the 30s reproduction fabrics I used in this baby quilt reminded me of Grandma's apron prints. As the mother of seven children of her own, she had lots of grandchildren and saw many toddlers take their first steps. Because my mom and I lived with her and my grandpa for the first three years of my life while my dad was off in the war, I'm sure she saw me take mine!

I don't know if the name of this week's featured quilt, "First Steps," came from me thinking of my grandma's aprons and then, of course, her love of children or whether I saw the blocks of brightly colored fabric as steps to climb upon. Either way, the name seems to fit.

I softened the pieced, straight lines of this quilt by rounding the corners and quilting it with a shallow scallop making it sturdy and ready to withstand years of everyday use.

The backing material is a yellow and white print with tiny pink flowers.

The size of this scrap quilt is 38" x 43-1/2", has 100% cotton batting and, like all my quilts, is machine washable and dry-able.

Does a special baby in your life need a gift that will be used, loved, and enjoyed for years to come? One of my handmade, one-of-a-kind baby quilts would be perfect, if I do say so myself! You can get more information on this quilt and others I have for sale on my website.


Jenyfer Matthews said...

I love this quilt - there is a real art to getting that sort of color balance just right. Lovely!

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Wow, Jen, I take that as a real compliment coming from one who has such a good sense of color. Tanx!

P.S. Would you like to see the huge batch of rectangles I auditioned and pulled during the process of making this quilt???

Jenyfer Matthews said...

I would love to see them - preferably in person sometime soon :)

Jenyfer Matthews said...

And by the way - I take your comment as quite a compliment. It took me a long time to trust my color sense!

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Hey, Jen - I have a strong feeling I'll not be traveling (with or without fabric) to Egypt any time soon. When are you coming to Minnesota?

My color sense has been my biggest stumbling block from the word "go." I'm trying hard to convince myself that if I like it, it's okay to go with it. (Oh, Confidence, wherefor art thou!?)

Jenyfer Matthews said...

I'll be in your neck of the woods sometime in the summer and can't wait to see your studio :)