I have a new grandson who is going to make an appearance soon. His due date is Easter but he is going to be a big boy and they think he may have to come a little bit early.
I needed a baby quilt for him. His mommy, my DD, is the display manager for Anthropologie in The Woodlands, TX. so she usually appreciates my wonky art and sense of humor. Because of that I decided to use a piece that I painted in a Susan “Lucky” Shie workshop at Arrowmont Craft School in TN a couple of years ago.
I don’t remember exactly what our theme was for the day I painted this piece. I do remember that I was perplexed that I did something that was more cartoonish than my normal work. I put the pieces aside when I returned home and had done nothing with them. I guess I just needed the final inspiration to use this.
The baby’s nursery is being done in a woodland kind of motif. I haven’t seen it and I don’t know for sure how swamp creatures will fit in but I suspect the quilt will be appreciated and loved.
The borders I added are dark and swampy and the firefly trails are folded bias fabrics. I think babies like to have textures to run their little fingers over. I like to add something like this to their quilts. I also don’t think baby quilts have to be pastel and cutesy…that should be obvious here.
One part of fiber art that I don’t like is putting labels on the backs.
It seems they are never permanent enough and can be ripped off and lost. I decided to paint a square on the back of the quilt and add a little more of the story that goes along with it. I used India Ink for the text and put a coat of acrylic varnish over it. It should hold up under lots of washings.
As a further nod to Lucky’s workshop, I quilted this with her wonky grid style of quilting. A wonderful, freeing way to make this quilt sturdy and finished!