At my age, most of my friends are done having kids. But two of my very best friends recently announced that babies were joining their families. One is pregnant, and the other adopted a baby girl when she was just under one year of age. I don’t live near my friends anymore, and wasn’t invited to their showers, or first birthdays. But I knew I wanted to do something to celebrate their joy. I chose a free jelly roll pattern from the Fat Quarter shop, and was thrilled when they put up a new post on how to make the pattern bigger. I had been under the impression that one jelly roll could give me two baby quilts, but didn’t realize a baby quilt is, in fact, suitable for a baby and not really a growing child. So I bought another jelly roll. I’m using V and Co.’s Color Me Happy line, which has a gorgeous collection of pinks, blues, greens, grays and whites, that are easily separate to make a boy and girl quilt. In fact, that’s how I originally came up with this idea. I saw her post on creating two baby quilts from her Simply Colors line, which I could not buy anywhere anymore.
When I started cutting, I quickly discovered a lot of leftover fabrics from my sewed up jelly roll strips. I used them to create letters that I will applique to create personalized pillows. I can’t wait to get home to sew each night. It’s great to have a fun project to work on that I know will bring joy to my friends.