This was my first big, formal applique project and needless to say I was so nervous about doing it that I procrastinated starting it until after my cousin gave birth to what we eventually found out was a boy. Even after he was born, I still vowed to make and gift the quilt but the procrastination continued right up until his first birthday! It turns out that stalling was a good thing because at his party, it was abundantly clear that this little boy, even at one year old, was not a pastel bunny type of kid!! The good news was that my cousin also announced that she was pregnant with her second child and already knew this one was going to be a girl. So my plans promptly changed and I decided that the bunny quilt would (when it was finished) now go to the new baby!
However, that meant I still owed my cousin's son a quilt. Fortunately, they bought and moved into a house shortly after that party. When I went to see it, my cousin had already started decorating her son's room. It was painted a bright blue and had a fish theme ("Finding Nemo" was the big thing at the time). Voila!! Room theme = a new quilt theme and I now knew what his overdue quilt had to be. The quilt I eventually finished for him was this one:
You may have noticed that I said "eventually" finished. I didn't get both quilts done until Christmas 2007 when the little girl was about a year and half old and the little boy was now three. I actually finished up the quilting on the bunny quilt on Christmas Eve that year! They did make great Christmas presents though. The sad part was finding out two years later (when I made and gifted the kids new "big kid quilts" for Christmas that year, seen here and here) that after I gave them those first quilts, my cousin had promptly put them up in a closet and wouldn't let the kids actually use them because she didn't want them to mess them up!
Another interesting story about these quilts: while I was in the process of making them, I had decided to make special labels for the back of each.
I had planned to quote poems I had seen in Quilter's Newsletter, attributing them to the respective authors on each quilt. For the daughter's quilt, I had planned to use a verse from the poem "Little Bits Of Fabric" by Sue Mullane that I had seen in the December 1996 (#288) issue of QNM. A few months before I finished their quilts, QNM had published an article in the October 2007 (#396) issue called "Small and Smaller". At the start of the article they too quoted the same poem but attributed it to "Anonymous"! I promptly emailed the editor letting them know that the poem had actually appeared in their magazine. I got a very nice email back saying that even they hadn't realized that the poem originated in their magazine because most of the staff at the time of the article publication had not been at the magazine when the poem was originally published. When they had researched the poem, they found it listed in numerous places (including on the Department of Justice's website) and since it was always attributed to anonymous they had accepted that as so. True to their word, they printed a correction in the Bulletin Board section of the January/February 2008 (#399) issue.
So I hope you enjoyed this special Archive post of the "Journey of the Baby Quilts"! Oh, and BTW, I also later found out that after my cousin's mother saw their quilts, she started quilting too!