Today for Throwback Thursday, Jenn suggested we share makes of Christmas past. I don’t have any specifically “holiday” made quilts, but this quilt was gifted during the holiday season of 2008 and was the first quilt I had made in years. This quilt kicked off a slow, steady progression of quilt making that has evolved directly to where I am today, so it is near and dear.
I had 2 good friends who were expecting their first child. They love to spend evenings outside star gazing, so I wanted to make a flannel quilt they could use to wrap the baby up to join them. I designed the quilt in Microsoft Paint after I picked out the fabric from Fabric.com. As you can see in my concept sketch below, I also pulled a baby quilt image to kind of use as a guide, too.
I remember being so excited when the first few blocks were sewn together. I had forgotten the joy of creation and I have to say I have definitely been hooked since those stitches. Clearly, I have older quilts than this, but this quilt marks the start of my love affair with the craft.
The quilt top was slightly larger than a regular width of fabric, and I remember worrying that piecing the backing together was too funky.
I was so excited to be able to gift this to my friends and it arrived at their home just a few days before Christmas.
And I am super happy to say that 5 years later, I received this fantastic image of my friend’s sons watching the Peresid meteor shower, snuggled under the flannel quilt.