A Homemade Baby Quilt: The Perfect Baby Shower Gift

Time what an interesting concept to a quilter. From the minute you draft your design idea, choose just the perfect fabrics, cut them apart and begin to sew those parts back again into one wonderful handmade baby quilt, it all takes time. Many hours are spent in solitude, with just the buzz of the sewing machine as your companion.

As the unique baby quilt takes shape, your time is devoted to cutting and sewing, and a bit of tearing, once in a while. When your sewing machine finally needs a rest, you’re ready to quilt. The needles and thread are readied, the quilt is stretched on the frame, and your hands mimic the machine as they go through the motions of hand quilting.

This technique is done by sewing the layers, (quilt top, batting, backing) together to form the finished homemade baby quilt. Finishing touches are accomplished with a binding that borders the perimeter of the quilt. As your unique, handcrafted baby quilt has come to life, the quilter will lovingly affix a name to the creation. Your time and talents have given birth to a new creation made of cloth and your hard work and destined to spend your life, forever, with the newborn, covered in its warmth.

Remember that shower gift that was given to the mother-to-be? That little baby grew up? Years later, of all of the wonderful and beautiful gifts that the new mother was given at the baby shower, which one would you still see in the nursery today? The child may still be sleeping with that handmade baby quilt or it may be neatly folded at the foot of the bed.

Can you see that quilt being dragged around as you visualize the little one with his/ her thumb in his/her mouth? Yes, the handmade baby quilt may be well worn, and well-loved, but a lasting keepsake. This was one gift from that baby shower that was not outgrown or placed somewhere in the closet or drawer, with no unusable purpose. Every minute you’ve spent stitching with love on that handmade baby quilt, added to the lasting keepsake for that special little one.

Take time to quilt.

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