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Oct092010

a quilt for baby M

My mother deserves all the credit for this beautiful little quilt. She let me help pick out the fabrics, but she cut and stitched and pinned and quilted it all on her own. And I LOVE it. When I look at this quilt I see my mother in it, her perfect corners and her neat rows. It's as if she stitched a bit of herself into each little triangle. My little girl is so very lucky.

The pattern we chose is the Flock of Triangles quilt from Denyse Schmidt's beautiful book, and I've been wanting to make it for years. I have a weakness for bold quilts with simple, geometric patterns, especially when they are on a white ground.

I've been taking weekly and monthly photos of Baby M on this blanket, and I love seeing how big she's growing. When I started she was only about five triangles tall, and now she's almost eight!

The photo above was from Week 2, back when Baby M was still on a breathing monitor due to her early delivery. I'm happy to share that the monitor is long gone and that her legs have now probably tripled in size. She is a chubby happy three month old, and we about die each and every time she smiles.

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BEAUTIFUL!!

10.9.2010 | Unregistered Commentermadesweet

What a beautiful quilt. My mother-in-law was a quilter and crochet/tatting guru. I have many, many blankets she made for my babies. Several went unused because there were so many. Now that she's gone, I'm so glad I have them all to pass down to my grandchildren.

10.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissaP

This is amazing! Love it!

10.10.2010 | Unregistered Commenterach!

it's a gorgeous quilt!

10.10.2010 | Unregistered Commentererin

And it did turn out very nice! love the quilt!

10.10.2010 | Unregistered Commenterelsa

Beautiful quilt! And so wonderful that little M is thriving.

10.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

What a special, beautiful quilt! I love how you and your mom collaborated on the choice of fabrics and on the quilt pattern. I think that makes it even more special. I am glad to hear that your Baby M is doing well.

10.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Beautiful quilt! I love that pattern as well. It's on my list!!

10.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCara @ Me? A Mom?

Such beautiful quilt! What a wonderful gift for your daughter.

10.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Adorable quilt, and I love the idea of using it as a "ruler" for baby's growth! So sweet :-)

10.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I love this. I wish I had somebody who could quilt. My daughter had a quilt that was made by a family friend when she would younger and she loved it. I wish we had the same thing for the next one.

so glad to hear she's healthy. the blanket is just beautiful. i lost my baby blanket (made by my great grandmother) in Belgium when I was 3. the one you make looks very similar to it.

10.10.2010 | Unregistered Commenterleni

Beautiful pictures. I'm glad the breathing monitor has gone :o) I'm glad Baby M is healthy

10.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

How gorgeous! It turned out beautifully. I once tried to make a doll quilt when I was about 11 years old and it was such a crooked little creation that I've been afraid to try again ever since. But perhaps my skills have improved a bit (I would hope!) and I should give it a go again. The book is now on my wish list. :) Thanks.

10.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

oh this is so pretty. I have a family member who also quilts so beautifully...but all the colors of fabric she uses are so gaudy.

THIS is what I have in mind when I think of a heirloom quilt.

Lucky you and lucky loved little Baby M

10.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMMW

I love that you can see your mom in the quilt. It is so true. I can see my grandma in the gifts that they have made for my daughter as well... a true perfectionist. And even when I see an imperfection, I know that that *drove her 'up the wall.' :)

Gorgeous! I'm so jealous!!

Plus the pattern name made me think of Flock of Seagulls...so double bonus on that!

10.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

Brooke - this is seriously such a beautiful quilt! Bravo Mama Clare for a job well done...xoxo

10.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhitney

Brooke this is gorgeous and we are so on the same page. I've been making a quilt for Little A and I'm just obsessed with triangle motifs. Way to go! And way to go Brooke's mom!

10.13.2010 | Unregistered Commentermer

What a lovely quilt and such a special gift. Great design + colors too!

10.13.2010 | Unregistered CommenterCallie

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