I visited two of my baby quilts earlier this month in North Carolina. They have clearly have been enjoyed by the toddler and preschooler I made them for, but are looking very well indeed. They have softed through washings to become even more cuddly. This one features Beatrix Potter characters in a simple framed design. I like how the stripes and polka dots turned out. Here is a close up, which shows the outline stitching I quilted around the characters in translucent thread:
And here is the other child’s quilt. The family loves dachshunds so it’s quite appropriate and has clearly been loved… This was one of the very first quilts I made:
I like cute fabric. Nothing wrong with that. I’ll continue using theme prints that make me smile, especially for baby and kid quilts, since the little ones like those fun prints too. Just as fun is shopping for them… I got a few more lovely prints at a shop I discovered on my trip to Raleigh, Wish Upon a Quilt… I do find myself drawn to “modern” patchwork that is exclusively solid fabrics, where the art is really in the graphic elements that you pull together. But quilts don’t have to be high art to be adorable, enjoyable, and just plain useful, as these little quilts show.