It’s very rare that I am able to gift the people in my life quilts. It’s even more rare when I can gift a baby a quilt sometime before they turn one. So not only is this finish a thrill in the fact that it’s DONE, it’s a thrill that the baby just turned two months on the day it arrived. That’s what I call a WIN-WIN.
The recipient of this quilt is the newborn son of a woman who has had an immense impact on my life, all for the better. She’s the reason I’ve been able to leave so much baggage on the side of the road as I move forward. She’s taught me to celebrate my strengths, and embrace my weaknesses. I wasn’t in a good place when I met her, and having her by my side these past couple of years has been so very incredible for me. So I very much wanted to honor HER as well as the baby in the making of this quilt. I chose the pattern “Moroccan Vibe” from the “One Wonderful Curve” book by Sew Kind of Wonderful because she has traveled extensively overseas and gravitates to symbolism and artwork from those places. I chose the palette because she finds her soul in the great outdoors and in cultures that are not ours. I chose the fabrics that represent what she is drawn to, what she cherishes. I altered the design to have no right edges… because curves in our roads are ok. I didn’t pick out the area of quilting with the crease in the back … because there is perfection in our imperfections. I used bamboo batting to honor the quality of life we try to provide our children (and because it’s so, so “squishy”!) I think there may have been more thought put into this quilt than any of my own! Which is only fair because I think that most times, she puts more thought into my troubles than I can.
I sent it off hoping that she loved the end result as much as I did… Her tears confirmed that it was, in fact, loved just as much… if not more. Words cannot express how that makes one feel.
And now that I’ve conquered my [rather large] fear of sewing curves… I want to make ALL the patterns from this book! The “Sew Kind of Wonderful” ruler really does take out some of the fear. And while my curves are no where near perfect… the quilt still comes together rather nicely!