Thursday, December 29, 2005

Laurel Burch for William

In 2005, my cousin Birgitte - much to everybody's surprise (including her own) - became pregnant. I made this baby quilt - with almost all Laurel Burch fabrics - for William. The back of the quilt is also Laurel Burch fabrics.
We were all so very surprised because it had been determined a while back that Birgitte could not have children. As a result, she and Rasmus had adopted Yonas from Ethiopia about 6 months before she became pregnant. Of course, William became a loved and lovely little brother to Yonas. And it looks to me as if William was very happy with this quilt!
I had also made a quilt for Yonas when he came home with his parents from Ethiopia, but I cannot find a picture of it. Here is a picture of Yonas who is a lot more handsome than his quilt was anyway!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Frogs Frogs

Starting when he was a very little boy, my nephew Emil LOVED frogs. He loved everything green, and really preferred that everything was green, most specifically his clothes - he said yellow was light green, so that was OK at times as well.

A couple of years earlier I had started the tradition of making what I called a "Big Boy" or a "Big Girl" quilt for each of my nieces and nephews for their 5th birthday. I obviously had to make frogs for Emil's Big Boy quilt, so I started to collect frogs - it is amazing just how many frog fabrics there are. I know I had close to 30 different kinds and after I made the quilt, I kept looking for frogs out of force of habit and I am still constantly seeing new ones. Emil really liked his quilt - even though by then (to my great disappointment) his interest in frogs had begun to wane; "frogs are for babies" he proclaimed!

Of course I still had lots of frogs left and fortunate for me, my sister-in-law, Katie, is also a frog lover - I guess frogs aren't just for babies after all! So I took the opportunity to make her a quilt for Christmas (after I managed to have the drawing rigged so I would get her name that year!)