The Baby is the Best Part

I made a bunch of quilts last year, but because I didn’t blog at all, I didn’t show them to you then. You’ve already seen Melting Pot, Cimarron, and But Love Lasts, but there are a few more to show you.

Besides the ones listed above, I also made two quilts for babies. Some people looooove making baby quilts. Some people even specialize in them. It’s not really my thing, though I’ve certainly made a few over the last 17 years.

One of my baby quilts last year was for my own grandbaby. He’ll turn two soon, and is a walkin’, talkin’ delight, as all grandbabies are.

His mom, our dear daughter-in-law, grew up near Mt. Rainier in Washington. It’s a beautiful location, and Jim and I have had the opportunity to hike in the national park.

Mt. Rainier, Washington

A year ago I realized that fabric panels celebrating the national parks were available. They are based on historic travel posters promoting the parks. I bought the one for Mt. Rainier.

It was slightly tempting to use the panel as the center of a medallion. Because. That’s what I do, right? But this was for the baby, and the intention was for it to be a play mat or cuddle quilt, nothing special. And that’s exactly how it turned out. πŸ™‚

As you can see, the baby is the best part.


24 thoughts on “The Baby is the Best Part

  1. leisaval

    I started quilting 2 years ago because my daughter’s friends were having babies. My first quilt was a mess. It was passed off as beginner friendly (it was not). None of my quilt blocks were the same size. I was so out whack on one end I had to improvise and put a pocket to cover up the 3/4″ gap. But it was nice enough to give without embarrassment. It is just an enjoyable break from more stressful elements of my life. The recipients appreciate the quilts–and I love that they are used and cherished. I also enjoy seeing the creativity of others. Always good to be learning new things and appreciate your sharing.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Have you made more quilts since then? My first quilt was … not good! I had to rebuild it about 3 years later because it needed some serious mending. Also, in my living room is a great lap quilt (not great-looking, but a good size and weight) that was so far off on seams matching that I appliqued a leaf on top of the worst one. I always smile when I see that leaf. πŸ™‚

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I think of Mt. Rainier as my son’s mountain. When he first lived in Tacoma, his apartment had a (distant) view to it. He worked at McChord, which has a much more direct site line. So beautiful. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  2. Stitcher

    Aren’t grand babies the best? I am so glad you and your husband have enjoyed hiking on Mount Rainier. We live just 30 miles from the gate to Paradise and often drive up for the day. Our home faces the mountain and we are always grateful for our picturesque view when the mountain is out!

      1. Stitcher

        Yes, Melanie, I am lucky to live here – view of the mountain, small farm, house we designed, and with people I love. You and your husband are always welcome to come see the mountain from our place. It would be so nice to meet both of you.


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