A Sailboat Baby Quilt for Aubrey

A good friend of ours has a new granddaughter, and she is just a few minutes away. As the newest member of the Safe Family (the blended name we use when traveling together), we knew we wanted to make a special quilt for them. Aubrey Joyce arrived very near to her due date in mid-August, and we were ready. Here’s our tale about how a special sailboat baby quilt was made especially for Aubrey.

A Sailboat Needs Water

We had many different options as far as patterns go, but they chose a water theme for the nursery. Long ago, we had a favorite pattern for a sailboat that alternated with an Irish Chain block. I have only one shot of that quilt with sweet baby Brady lying on it. Brady is starting fourth grade this year.

Since we enjoyed making a sailboat quilt, we thought that would be a good choice for Aubrey. We selected a pattern from Denise at For the Love of Geese called Sail Away. A pretty batik fabric would work for the water and multi-colors for the sails. Here are our test blocks that passed muster.

A Sailboat Can Be Quick

It wasn’t too long before I had a few rows together and we could step back to enjoy. Of course, there was a debate about which direction the sails should go, and if each boat’s sails should be one color or mixed. We chose just one color and the sails all go in the same direction.

Sailboat Quilting Session

Once we had the quilt top together, Carol invited us for a quilting session on Millie. We were happy to take her up on the offer, and Sue worked her magic using the “Loop the Loop” pantograph.

We used Glide thread in gray, which seemed to be the perfect choice. Here’s a closeup of the quilting on the quilt top. The quilting pattern does give the idea of wind blowing in the sails, don’t you think? For the backing, we chose Paint Spatter which has a bit of pink, yellow, orange, and blue on a white background.

A Sailboat Quilt Finished

The Sailboat baby quilt is all finished and has been delivered. We are both really happy with how quickly this came together and how well it turned out. Aubrey is just one month old already, and she’s growing in leaps and bounds. The evenings have been a bit chilly so we know she will be wrapped in our love often.

Here’s the final product! Sweet little Aubrey was having some nummys courtesy of momma, while daddy was happy to hold up the new quilt. Gosh, this picture just warms our hearts. It’s why we make quilts, right?!

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13 Responses

  1. Those loopy swirls convey a sense of the wind around those tiny boats — what a beautiful complement to the pattern!

  2. Linda says:

    LOVE that quilt! The pattern is fantastic – I love anything with a “chain”,.and your sailboats are just adorable. Sue is an expert at the lopp-the-loop, it looks so pretty. You guys rock!

  3. What an awesome quilt for Aubrey! That is such a sweet photo too! Precious.

  4. Cheree Hull says:

    Aw! You just wanna snuggle her right up! Great sailboat quilt with wonderful colors for her to crawl all over and enjoy!

  5. I absolutely love that quilt. Those two simple blocks combined with the inspired quilting make a perfect gender neutral baby quilt, and it’s an idea I hope to “borrow”, LOL!

  6. Laura says:

    What a wonderful baby quilt! And such a lovely family photo! Sweet! 🙂

  7. Rochelle Summers says:

    Roseanne, you and Sue hit the nail on the head. Such a lovely quilt and all the bright colored sails being filled by the wind. Sue excels at the quilting, don’t you think? Congratulations on being such great friends. Hugs!

  8. Roseanne, what a fun quilt design – sounds perfect for little Aubrey! I love the pretty Batiks and colors that you used. Great quilting, too! Love your finish!

  9. Wendy says:

    What a cute quilt! Well done!

  10. Kathleen McCormick says:

    I love the quilt and the quilting! The loops are perfect on this quilt and the fabric is so much fun. ,Seeing the happy family with the love of you and Sue quilted into, warms my heart.

  11. Happy family + happy friends who make quilts = cuddly love. Welcome, Aubrey!

  12. Tracie says:

    I love sailboats and think this is a perfect baby quilt! The quilting does look like wind and waves. The family photo with the new quilt is exactly why we make quilts. So much love!

  13. Vicki in MN says:

    Aww, how sweet is that! So precious.

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