I must have known that Hilary Clinton was going to make a big announcement - she's going to be a grandmother - when I started writing this post last week. I always liked the title of her book, It Takes A Village.
A few months ago, a friend approached me about putting together a baby quilt for a much anticipated little one joining her family. Say 'baby quilt' to me, or for that matter 'baby' and I immediately go into design hyperdrive. Before I got too far into baby quilt la-la land, my friend thought that a quilt made of signature squares from baby shower attendees would be a wonderful keepsake. I completely agreed. Having done only one signature quilt before, I was game for another one.
I set about finding markers that wouldn't run if washed and a source for organic baby fabric. Honey Be Good is a lovely company based in Georgia and their selection of fabrics, thread and batting gave me quite an education in responsible fabric choices. For one thing, Scanfil Organic Thread is not recommended for hand quilting. I'm not sure why, but it might be because it is uncoated. It is a soft thread but it is very strong as I had absolutely no problem with it in my machine.
The fabric is Critter Patch by Alyssa Thomas for Clothworks. It is a very tight weave, similar in feel to batiks. I would imagine that a frequently washed quilt with these fabrics would be extraordinarily soft. The batting is Cotton Classic Organic by Fairfield Processing - again another soft product, so comfy for a baby. I am really curious to try this batting again and measure the bump factor.
I washed, dried, ironed and cut the fabric squares and sent them off with my friend to the shower. When the squares were returned to me a bit later, I was completely blown away by the care and love written, drawn and sewn into each square. I started getting a little teary in fact.
She has so many people - her own village - ready to love her, and that's such a nice thing to see.