Look at baby quilts on a store shelf, if you can find any, and all you’ll see are the safe, generic designs made to please the most people. But take a look at the variety when the quilts are homemade, and you’ll see dozens of exciting choices that ingenious quilters use to zero in on the character of the family this new little baby will join.
If his mom and dad love to go sailing, a fleet of jaunty little sailboats on a field of white-polka-dotted blue would be the quilt choice to cause real excitement. And that’s because its virtues are dual. Not only is its baby flannel softness a joy for the new baby to cuddle with, but the sailboat pattern sends a message that this quilt is tailor-made for this baby and this family.
When a new baby girl is joining parents who are teachers, her special quilt is emblazoned with numbers and letters that get her education started from the get-go. This unique design has eye-appeal and teaching skills packaged in a warm and soothing cloth art quilt.
Special Prints Come from Special Research
Quilters seek unusual prints from many sources. They log in plenty of computer time searching for novel print fabrics. They frequent lots of fabric shops, and some hunt through baby stores to find clothing that can be integrated into unusual designs.
The Homemade Factor enriches the quilt’s persona
Since each quilt is the creation of a home-based quilter, her imagination knows no limit to the design’s composition. Perhaps little monkeys will cavort across the center of the field while palm trees and bananas form a whimsical border. That’s a great motif for animal lovers and families who make their homes in warm climates. Or perhaps the quilt-maker has hidden a match-up game in the bright-colored patches that comprise the field. And how did she decide to join paw prints with pelt prints and jungle creatures in such an innovative way?
As soon as that quilt is revealed to the shower guests, everyone will appreciate the sturdiness of construction, and most will realize that the quality that’s built into a handmade quilt far surpasses most run-of-the-mill, mass-produced products.