A year or so late, here is Phoebe’s baby clothes quilt. Actually I’m not even going to say it’s late. I’m very proud of myself. We all know how keepsake projects can sort of drag on — burning all the video onto cds, finishing baby books, filling albums, etc. I’m pleased as punch to have finished one of my baby memento projects.
It’s a little willy wonky but not too bad for working with stretchy knits on a 25 year old machine with no walking foot.
People always ask me about Oscar’s quilt, how can I bear to cut up the outfits. For me, it’s worth the wince of cutting into them to have the memories right at my finger tips. I box away a handful of favorite outfits, ok more than a handful — the home from the hospital outfit, the tiny booties and hats, special gifts, handknit sweaters, tiny dresses and matching shoes, the list goes on. Then I save all the knits, the worn, loved, sometimes stained with baby food, onesies and sleepers, pants and tops to cut into squares for the baby clothes quilt.
When cutting the squares I tried to keep little details like buttons, pockets and ruffles in.
Here are the specs: 13 rows of 13 squares, squares are 4″ after sewing so I must have started out with 4 1/2″. Finished quilt is about 50″ square. The white fabric is flannel and all the knit outfit squares are backed in white flannel as well so 169 white flannel squares in all. I took a quick count, and this is probably not exact, but it looks like I used about 45 outfits with all repeating 2-4 times.
So there they are, frick and frack. Oscar’s blanket got a new binding because I couldn’t take the sloppy one it had a moment longer. And now I just need to embroider a little label on Phoebe’s and they’ll be a matched set.