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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