Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Quilt for Every Baby



As all quilters know, every baby needs a quilt! Is there a better excuse to play with fun fabrics, experiment with new quilting designs, and whip out a quick finish than a new baby? I can't think of one.


I made this quilt for my cousin's soon-to-arrive baby boy from a Gingiber "Thicket" charm pack and panel.  I made this one for his older sister two years ago.  Unfortunately, not every baby is welcomed to the world with the fanfare they deserve.


When a baby is born with Down Syndrome doctors, medical personnel, and even friends and family can be negative and less than tactful about the diagnosis.  Parents are often in shock and unsure of the way forward.


An unexpected and unknown diagnosis can be scary for new parents, but Down Syndrome is nothing to be sad about.  (By the way, there's a lovely story here about grieving the child you expected while loving the one you have). I have the privilege of being friends with a young lady with Down Syndrome and I can tell you she is a delight!  She's smart and hilariously funny and full of love.


Jack's Basket is a charity that meets parents in the confusing days right after their child's birth and gives them a gift basket full of useful items, information about Down Syndrome and local support groups, blankets and clothes.  More than that though, Jack's Basket gives them hope. Hope that their baby is beautiful and has a bright future. Hope that other parents have been here before. Hope that different is not a bad thing. 

 
I have loved seeing updates from those of you gifting blocks to Briawna while CiL's block drive is on hiatus.  Thank you! You can certainly continue to contribute to her in June but I wanted to recommend another great charity to you.  Jack's Basket appreciates baby quilts to add to their baskets.  36" square makes a large baby quilt, that would take just 9 of CiL's usual 12.5" blocks.  


If you make a quilt for Jack's Basket please leave a comment or email me a photo, I'd love to know!  If you just want to make a top you can send if to me and I will quilt it and send it along (email CoveredinLoveTx@gmail.com for the address.) 

Jack's Basket
2960 Snelling Avenue North L-105
Roseville, MN 55113

Thank you all for your support and patience while I am catching up. I have already quilted over a dozen quilts and I can't wait to share them all with you.  This week's quilt delivery to the hospital put us up to 331 quilts total.  In the meanwhile, thank you for sharing the love!

Linking to  Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday

12 comments:

  1. What a cute quilt you have made for your cousin's baby to come. I'm sure it will be loved by momma & baby. Thank you for your special blog today. The pictures of you & your sweet friend are priceless. Kat, I'm so glad I was given the link to your blog from a friend. You have a heart of gold & a caring spirit that is rare these days. Thank you for who you are!

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  2. Great baby quilt. I often fall into the soft pastel baby quilt or primary color rut, but I love the look of the black and white graphics in this quilt. Thanks for the info on Jack's Basket.

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  3. This is a lovely post and a lovely quilt.

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  4. I'm a big fan of Jack's Basket, too! Thanks for sharing the story of your lovely, funny friend. And it's very generous of you to offer to quilt up some little JB pieces :)

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  5. Oop! Forgot to say how darling your cousin's quilt is! I love that panel of soft, soothing animals.

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  6. Such a lovely baby quilt!!!! I am sure it will be loved for a long time.

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  7. Thank you all for your sweet comments!

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  8. This is such a cute quilt! I love your words about DS children and families! Those children are always such blessings because their hearts have such a capacity for love.

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  9. Thank you for introducing us to other wonderful charitable sewing opportunities. I love that quilt that you made. That fabric line spoke to me the first minute I saw it online. Thicket is so adorable, textured and whimsical. I love all things animals, and what kid wouldn't love that bold quilt that you've made!? I mailed a package to you late this afternoon. Thanks for the incentive for me to get it out to you asap.

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  10. That's a PERFECT quilt for a baby boy!!

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  11. That is such a cute quilt - great use of a coordinating panel and prints! Thanks for sharing the charities, too. There are SO many worthy groups to quilt for.

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  12. Hi Kat! The quilt for your cousin's baby is beautiful. So is your friend. My quilt friends and I make quilts for Jack's Basket, too. We do it in honor of my 20 yo niece who is funny, smart, happy and happens to have DS.

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