When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love

Tide Pool crib quilt


Now that the Starry Night quilt is ready to be sandwiched and quilted I moved on to my great-grandson's crib quilt top.

My youngest daughter had taken me to the two quilt stores in her town during my visit, but I didn't purchase fabric until the second store. The next day I walked back to the first store, just two blocks from her house, to buy the fabric for our great-grandson's crib quilt. As I walked I was thankful that I don't live two blocks from a quilt store; you know the saying "she with the most fabric wins"? If I lived that close to a fabric store, I'd probably win. Anyway, it was a gorgeous day and I walked the two blocks to the quilt store without feeling guilty because I don't live two blocks from a quilt store and this was a one-time thing.

My four-month-old great-grandson lives in a little coastal town in New England, and his nursery theme is "whales". I knew from visiting this store two days before that they did not have any fabric with whales. I'd noticed fabric with moose, pine trees, bears and so on that would have been appropriate for a New England quilt, but no whales. Melissa had suggested going with blues and greys instead and I liked that idea.

Ripples

Although I didn't quite end up with blue and grey, I'm very happy with how the idea shaped up. I found two prints that look like water ripples in blue-green colors, but had some trouble with the darker prints needed. One of the store clerks showed me a shelf of gorgeous blue-green fabrics with gold and tan veins and marbling, and I fell in love. The fabric is called Stonehenge by Northcott and it's a very appropriate name.

Reminiscent of barnacles and seaweed-covered rocks

This quilt is based on the Around the World crib quilt I made for my first grandson, but I changed the corners and the middle square from dark to light. I want this quilt to represent the edge of the ocean with surf, sunlit ripples and barnacle-clad rocks. I hope I accomplished that, and I hope that my granddaughter, the little guy's mother, will "get it." The outside border and the backing fabrics are reminiscent of beach sand.

Quilt top


Part Two is here,

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