parker {a baby quilt}

{Note: A very soppy and sentimental Keera has emerged in this post!!}

A couple of years ago {it really was that long ago!} I fell pregnant – we were so thrilled with the news and after a bit of adjusting were more than eager to meet our little one due early October. I was never really a fussy mum-to-be, nor am I am fussy mummy. Lil fits in with us and we fit in with her, and that has been the case from the beginning. I had an amazing pregnancy {I was one of those mumma’s that missed being pregnant once bub was born!} and had very few issues apart from a bit of morning sickness. I worked right up until 10 days before having her and enjoyed every minute of it.

We went along every couple of weeks to clinic an hour away at a wonderful little country hospital – many of our friends made the trip to Brisbane or closer major centres to have their babies but once we walked in the door and met the doctors and midwives we both felt so blessed to be able to be so close to home and have such wonderful help. The nursing staff were amazing before, during and after Lilla’s birth {I don’t do sick or in pain very well so this was a blessing!} and I feel so lucky to have been able to keep in touch with them through check-ups and appointments and the odd coffee break since.

There was one midwife in particular that made our experience so special, and a gorgeous girl I am now so blessed to call a friend. She was there through the embarrassing questions beforehand {and blushing tears!}, through those first moments in holding our new baby and taking her home for the first time {happy tears}, and again at six weeks when we returned to hospital with a baby who hadn’t put on any weight, was not getting enough milk and was just keeping-on keeping-on {very sad and beaten tears}.

I remember feeling so frightened not knowing what was wrong with me and just so dejected once we found out the breast-feeding thing wasn’t working for us {or not exclusively anyway}. Lilla was such a little trooper – she didn’t scream out at night, she just keep feeding away and then slept so we had no idea she wasn’t getting enough. It is always so hard to come to terms with what feels like a failed attempt, but with love and support this beautiful woman held my hand and kept trying with me. She saw the best and the worst of me {I’d lost the fight}, the happy and the miserable and again {with so many other kind staff} she gave us one of the greatest gifts of helping give Lilla another go at the best start of her life.

Phew! {wipes tears away…}. I was so thrilled to see her again some months later and hear she too was expecting her first baby. This girl was the most beautiful and caring and genuine of people. She was going to make the best mum! It was a no-brainer as to what their new baby was going to receive once born. There’s a real pattern here – have a baby… get a baby quilt!

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I asked for a bit of inspiration once Parker was born {stunning just like her mumma} and was directed to vintage and pastels. I’m working on a new pattern at the moment for an Irish-chain inspired quilt, and couldn’t resist attempting a smaller version. How much more of a perfect pair can you get than a traditional quilt block in vintage inspired fabrics?! I raided the stash and the scraps and pulled lots of pinks and lemons and cream colours {I did a little bit more fabric shopping to get just a bit more contrast}. Its muted in colour, but the design and the quilting really make this the most soft of baby girl quilts.

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I can’t wait to send this to Parker and her parents – I am sure that Parker will grow up knowing what an amazing mum she has and how special she makes so many people feel. I will be forever indebted to her, and forever grateful for the hand-holding and the forgiving chats we had. It made so much difference to know that we had tried our hardest and that everyone’s love will help me and my family greatly.

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This quilt measures 48″ x 48″ and is quilted with straight line {walking foot} quilting through the chains, and free-motion floral patterns and loops in the negative space {not too close to retain some of the quilt’s softness}. Backed with a solid pink quilter’s cotton this quilt, while maybe not so big on the colour pops and contrast, is such a sweet little make with lots of baby-girl character!

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Keera
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{I kept supplementary breastfeeding Lil right up until the end of January. She would have a bottle for all of her day feeds, but her bedtime night feed was our special time together and still something that I could do for my baby girl. She weaned herself at this time, which was heartbreaking nonetheless, but again I knew we’d tried our hardest and I was thrilled to have been able to do it for as long as I did. Lilla hasn’t skipped a beat since we walked out of the hospital for the second time – she’s growing and changing so much. It makes me smile seeing her drink milk from a cup and eat with a fork!}

Comments

  1. The quilt and your quilting are so incredibly beautiful! A perfect gift for a little girl :)

  2. What a sweet quilt! Love the colors. Great pics too.

  3. A very touching story, Keera. So glad you gained a friend! This pretty quilt is a wonderful token of appreciation! You chose some gorgeous colours and just the right quilting. It is beautiful!
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  4. This is a beautiful scrappy double Irish chain. I love the soft colors, and your quilting is perfect.

    My sister also had to supplement. She found out she wasn’t producing enough after taking her baby to the emergency room for dehydration. I am glad to hear your daughter is doing well, and that you have such an amazing friend.
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  5. This is such a special story, and I love the quilt. The quilting is just perfect with the pattern, and the colors are so pretty!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
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