13 June, 2011

Why We Make Quilts

It's simple: this is why we do what we do. Meet the newest family member; our great niece, relaxing on her very first quilt. Isn't she a little doll? I believe she looks pleased with her gift. I spoke with her Daddy on the phone last night, he told me that she uses her quilt for "tummy time" but he assured me that once she started eating solid foods and dragging items around they would put her quilt away for safe keeping. "No, don't do that", I urged him; "by all means, let her use it." Nothing gives me more pleasure than a quilt that is used and worn out by a child who loves it, that's what they're for. If a quilt wears out, we can (and will) make more... it's why we do what we do!

...and SEW it goes...
Life is Good!


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15 comments:

Karen said...

Sweet baby girl! Yes, she should USE that darling quilt!

Quilt Hollow said...

Absolutely darling!! I'm looking forward to my someday grand babies so I too can make quilts.

Nane said...

Looks like she approves! And I bet she will be able to spell her name sooner since she has it with her on her quilt.

MARCIE said...

You got that right! Darling baby,darling quilt, perfect combination! Love the name added!

Quiltdivajulie said...

When our first nephew was born, I pieced a really simple red and white quilt for him (long before I took my basic machine piecing class). A few years ago, he sent it back to me and asked me to "fix" the tattered binding. Now, he and his wife are expecting their firstborn later this year. A red/white/black quilt is being quilted especially for little Landon. YES, this IS why we make quilts!

Becky G said...

I am reminded of the Skin Horse's reply to the question "What is Real?" from "The Velvetine Rabbit." "Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." your photo and post are precious.

JCnNC said...

Poor misinformed daddy - we love reasons to make more quilts - just as long as our little ones (and big ones) love them. It is like wrapping them in our loving arms. A very wise and wonderful friend told me...
"quilting is the knowledge that while quilts are being made, each stitch holds a private thought, a prayer, a wish or a dream." Judy C

Carrie P. said...

Yes, if it becomes her favorite "blankie" to drag around, let her.
Like you said, we can make more.
She is a sweetie. Cute quilt too.

regan said...

Sweet sweet pic of a beautiful baby with her wonderful quilt! Love that! And look at all those wonderful shapes and colors for her to gaze at during tummy time! Perfect!

Kathy ... better known as Nana said...

My daughter is reluctant to let my grandkids use the quilts I've made for them. I told her that she should let them use them, but she's so sad that the first quilt I ever made (for her - 22 years ago) is in tatters because she's used/love it so much over those 22 years. ;-) I've told her that I can make more for the grands (I've already made a few more for DD, but in her eyes, it's just not the same as that very first quilt I made for her).

Beth said...

For me, saying they would put the quilt away 'for good', is the kiss of death! I want my quilts used up and loved out. I give a small note with each baby quilt, telling mom and dad that "miss Beth' said I can drag this around, wrap the dog in it and use it as a Superman cape. If it gets used up, she will make me another one. people that 'save them for good' only get that ONE QUILT. Then never again!

AnnieO said...

She does look pleased with her quilt, I agree! I want my quilts to be used and loved up too :)

Gari said...

Great quilt, cute baby. And oh, how I agree that we want our quilts used and worn out. My mother has a closet full of the quilts I have made her. She is "saving them" and she is 89. I beg her to use them and then stopped making any more. ;-)

Carolyn said...

Yes, I agree. A quilt should be well loved. And making quilts for my gs is a special joy.

Tanya said...

It sure is the reason whay we make quilts! I love the name in the corner!