My roommate from freshman year of college just had her first baby, the third of my close friends from freshman year to procreate this year. We’ve stayed in touch over the years; she’ll randomly send me a little email here and there and they just brighten my day so much. She’s always been one of the nicest people I know.
So, of course, when she emailed me early on in the year to let me know that she was expecting, I wanted to go all out for her and her wee one. I had plenty of notice, so I really sat down and thought about what to make. I recalled a quilt pattern I’d seen in a book I borrowed from the library while we were living in Australia, and luckily, I remembered the name of the book, Two From One Jelly Roll Quilts, by Pam and Nicky Lintott, and even more luckily, the book was available on Amazon.com (so many Australian books cannot be obtained stateside, but this one was British!), so I ordered it, took a glance at the pattern, chuckled at its cleverness, and committed.
Her nursery has been decorated with an alphabet and storybook theme, and she said she was fond of polka dots, and then she found out she was having a girl, and the Bread & Butter fabric collection popped into my mind’s eye, and I knew we had a winner.
I’ve been in a lot of pain for the past couple of months so progress on this quilt was very slow. It was decided that I would have another surgery to help with the problem, and when I finally got a surgery date scheduled, I just had a feeling that I really needed to get this to the binding stage before I went under the knife. I had to enlist the help of my bestie, Denise, to cheer me on and encourage me, and we hosted a couple weeks’ worth of “Epic Sewing Thursdays” where we’d text pictures back and forth to each other every hour or so to show our progress on our respective projects. You sure can get a lot done when you’re working “alongside” friends!
My check-in for surgery was at 12:45pm on Election Tuesday, and I was finishing up the machine-stitching portion of the binding at 10:30am. Why fret about surgery and politics when you can focus on making pretty things for babies?
The hand binding took two days, and the quilt label took lots of minutes over lots of days because my surgery ended up being a little more invasive than originally planned, and I was put on bed rest for five weeks instead of “three days of resting” afterwards. Bah. (Which is also why you’re getting quilt photos in front of the Christmas Tree…I wasn’t allowed to leave the house, ha ha.)
But in the end, the result was the same: A beautiful baby quilt for a beautiful baby girl, who has a beautiful mother with one of the kindest hearts you’ve ever met.
Congratulations, Stephanie and Jon, on the start of your family. Welcome to your life, Baby Sydney…look to your mother’s example and you’ll do well.