Back in December, Avery’s mom contacted me with a request for a custom quilt as a Christmas gift for Avery. Unfortunately I was out of room in the books for another commissioned quilt during the holidays but by happy chance, Avery’s birthday was not long after and I was given the opportunity to work on a very special quilt from mother to daughter.
The order details went like this….Avery had a baby quilt that sadly had been lost. The quilt had pink, yellow, and blue pastel stars with a white background. Her mom wanted to replace it as best she could only this time she wanted a throw quilt because her baby was not a baby anymore. The only example I had to work with came from this small black and white photo.
I could easily see that the two quilt blocks that were represented in the quilt were a variable star and an on-point square but I couldn’t tell what the overall design layout was. I drew up a few ideas for a new layout and she picked this one.
I knew just the fabric for this project as a company called Cloud9 Fabrics had recently come out with a small line of pastels called mist, glow, and petal.
I set to work on this sweet quilt on New Years Day. There were a lot of pieces and trimming involved so this quilt stayed front and center in my work space for a few weeks. It was prominent enough in my household that my family became interested in it. On one particular afternoon, while my baby was napping, my 3 year old sat near me while I sewed and asked a zillion questions (like 3 year olds do). I explained that the quilt was for a lady that was going to give it to her daughter for her birthday. He asked for some papers and crayons and used the stairs near me as a desk to make Avery a birthday card (swoon). When I finished the quilt, I was obliged (of course) to include the birthday card in the package.
Recently, I got in touch with Avery’s mom to check in on her gift and she said Avery was sleeping with it every night. When asked why she wanted this quilt made she had this to say:
“I bought the original “star blankie” when I found out Avery was a girl. I have so many memories of her as a toddler getting up in the morning, hair all in her face, dragging star blankie behind her. It went to sleepovers, camp, and on vacations with Avery. It had been well loved for 18 years when she left it in a hotel. By the time she realized it, the hotel could not find it. I searched all over for months trying to come up with another that did it justice. That is when I saw your Instagram. I watched your Instagram for almost a year when I finally decided to contact you. I’m so glad I did and so is Avery!”
I knew this quilt was from mother to daughter while I made it, and for that, it was a special project to me. I was floored when I read the why. The why….it is why I love this work so much.