Showing posts with label Baby Quilts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baby Quilts. Show all posts

Friday, July 17, 2020

Quilt Making for Hope

Close up of Aria's Quilt

I'm a quilt maker, a mixed media artist, & Nia dancer.  I love making things with my hands; I love dancing my body to music; I love walking and being outside.  

My newest art was to create two baby quilts for my newest great nieces, Aria and Emery born January 28, 2020.  Their Mom, Jen, contracted COVID 19 at her work as an RN in a hospital in Souix Falls, South Dakota.  I was so concerned for their health and welfare, I decided to create something out of love to help her heal and send love to the babies and her husband and my sister.  This project began around the end of May, 2020.

Here are a few pictures of the journey.

The blocks were cut and laid out in a color way that I liked.  Then they were stitched together with a 1/4" seam.

I have the colored threads laid out choosing which color to use for the machine quilting.

 I'm quilting the three layers together.  The big safety pins hold the three layers together as I stitch.  As I come to the pin, I remove it and stitch forward.

Quilting Emery's quilt--very up close and personal.

 Pinning the binding on Aria's quilt

A view of some of the quilting on Aria's quilt

Stitching on the binding with the even feed foot.

Oh, oh, two rumpuses slipped in when I was not looking to be sure the quilt was going to be just right for Aria.

 Emery Rose' quilt complete
37" x 55"

Labels for the back of the quilts 

Aria's Quilt

Aria Jean's quilt complete
37" x 55"

The back of Emery's quilt with label

Quilt label close up
 A bit of quilting detail, close up

 Aria's Back of Quilt

 Aria's label

Aria's quilting close up

Tara keeping a close eye while I'm photographing.

I machine washed and dried the quilts before I shipped them off to the babies.

Off into the mail they go.  An update on Jen's health: she was a lucky one with a mild case and she is doing well.  The doctors thought that babies probably contracted COVID 19 as well; they showed no symptoms.  My sister, Lori who had been visiting and needed to quarantine there for two weeks did not contract the illness and showed no symptoms.  This was true for Jen's husband, Austin too.  All are healthy.  Deep gratitude for their health.  A box of quilts coming their way creating a couple smiles on arrival, I hope.


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