As I mentioned a few days ago I went down to Southern California to celebrate baby Greene with friends and family. On Saturday my mom hosted a brunch baby shower at Mimi’s cafe. For more on this see: SoCal Baby Shower
I received many wonderful gifts at the shower, but the most significant gifts were from my mother. If you have been reading my blog since the very beginning you would know that at my bridal shower I received an unexpected gift of a handmade intricate red and white queen sized quilt from my mom. For more on this see: Happy Mother’s Day
Since then she had also made us a beautiful nature themed quilted Christmas tree skirt. For more on this see: Christmas review
Well I knew before we even planned on having a baby she would make us a baby quilt, as she had already made a few for my cousin’s first kids. So in November I took my mom to the quilt store in Chehalis Washington. After wandering the store for awhile I asked her if she was ready to make another baby quilt . . . this time for us. It was a wonderful moment as I shocked my Mom with the news of our pregnancy, her first grand child.
Little did I know, just like she started the wedding quilt before I was engaged, she had already started a baby quilt before I was pregnant.
She took my color preferences of orange, green, and yellow and choose nursery rhymes as the theme. Once I heard my mom was including embroidery in the quilt I knew this would not be put on the ground for baby to pull out the stitching. I decided that nursery rhymes and lullabies would be a great gender neutral theme for the nursery itself and the quilt would be displayed proudly.
But boy was I in for a surprise when I opened the quilt at the shower. I expected some embellished border or flowers in embroidery.
Instead I opened the quilt to see twelve intricate picture panels of different nursery rhymes: all hand stitched. It was overwhelming and wonderful.
When my mom found out I would display this quilt she decided we could do a gender specific baby quilt for everyday use. Mom and I worked together to choose bright yellow and turquoise, combined with charcoal grey using geometric prints and a tumbler shape.
I wasn’t expecting to even see this quilt until the baby was born, knowing how busy my mom was planning for the shower and finishing the other quilt. So again to my surprise I open a gift bag to a completed quilt top. it was awesome to see the colors and designs work together.
As you can imagine both of these gifts a very special to me. I can’t wait to put them in the nursery in our new home.
Thank you mom for taking so much time, thoughtfulness, and prayer as you not only put together such a wonderful baby shower for me but also two beautiful and creative quilts that I will always cherish. I know how much this little one is already loved.