Today Amy has kicked off Blogger's Quilt Festival, which she hosts twice a year for quilters to share their quilts and the inspiring stories behind them. I am happy to participate and share with you a quilt I have finished recently which means a lot to me, my daughter's "Happy Birth Day" quilt.
The story of this quilt began at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival. I was about 1 week past my due date and hoping my water wouldn't break while I was walking around the quilt show! There I bought a ruler and a charm pack to start this project from Julie of Jay Bird quilts. I was in serious nesting mode and I wanted to have something sewn to welcome her into the world.
The quilt top came together pretty quickly and I had it hanging awaiting her arrival. Viviana was finally born on August 3. Those first weeks was a blur of holding her, nursing her, sleeping next to her.
I knew I wouldn't get to my sewing machine, so as strange as it sounds I figured it would get finished faster if I hand quilted it.I had never hand quilted before, but with the help of some friends and online tutorials it wasn't too hard to get started.
So I kept it by my side and I would reach for it and quilt a hexagon here and there when I was sitting in bed or during a car ride.
This handwork was good therapy for me. Moms go thought so much in baby's first month, physically and emotionally, it's hard work! Having this project was a small way giving something back to myself by doing something I enjoy.
So for me, this quilt holds fond memories of the end of my pregnancy and my first month with my daughter. Now I hope it's something she will enjoy.
Today, my baby is 12 weeks old, and my "4th trimester" with her is officially over. Yes, it flew by. No, I can't believe how fast she grew. I love that now she can smile and coo at me, it lights up my heart.
Blogger's Quilt Festival Stats: "Happy Birth Day" quilt
*Quilt Measurements: 21"x32"
*Special Techniques used: hand quilting
*Quilted by: Me
*Best category: Baby quilt, wall hanging, Hand quilted quilt
Be sure to head over to Amy's blog to check out the other amazing quilts that are a part of Blogger's Quilt Festival!