Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Baby Boy Quilt for Parker

I had a baby!  On June 27, Isaac was born.  He's now about 9 weeks old and thriving.  He had a little bit of a difficult start in life due to getting lots of fluid in his lungs at birth and spent his hospital stay in the NICU (I felt I should explain the presence of tubes you see in the picture below).

I feel like I have gotten over some of the most difficult parts of the transition- those early weeks are never easy.  I am physically recovered from the birth now and starting to form a new routine.  The baby is giving me some long stretches of sleep at night and that's helped a lot lately.  My oldest two started school yesterday, Owen will start preschool three days a week soon. It's time to play catch up with documenting some of my recent quilt finishes.

Before Isaac was born, I finished this quilt for my nephew.  Parker was born in February, his family (my brother and SIL) live 40 minutes away in Deerfield, NH.  I have made quilts for the kids previously (shown here and here) but decided to abandon the sailing theme for something different this time.  I pulled out this classic "2D Zoo" Alexander Henry print and bought the Cluck Cluck Sew pattern Boxed Up.  

The top came together quite fast.  It lingered for a while, waiting for quilting.  As time passed, my body kept growing larger with the baby and the thought of standing at the longarm frame was painful.  But eventually I quilted it - and it wasn't too bad- it's a pretty small quilt after all.  

I had some wide, "cuddle" fabric in my stash- purchased from a yard sale ages ago.  I decided to give it a try and it quilted up quite easily.  It's not super thick fabric and quite soft.  I bound the quilt in a Kona solid.

I love sewing for my niece and nephews.  So far, my parents have eight grandchildren and only two of them are girls.  I have just one nephew on my husband's side of the family.  I am always on the lookout for great boy fabrics and patterns.