Tuesday, May 20, 2008

More Preemie Quilts

As you know, I get bored easily and sometimes I need some instant gratification. (OK, so not exactly instant, but quicker than days). I set aside the tumblers, log cabins, friendship stars, crumbs, strings and coins and made a set of preemie quilts with some of the lovely fabric that Vicki W sent me. I have made a zillion of these. I make these, two at a time from my own pattern design. Maybe I'll type a short tutorial on how I do it.

But first I would like to talk about Preemie Quilt colors. When I first started making these, most of them went to a High Risk Pregnancy Center. I was told that many of the babies didn't make it. The quilts were sometimes used to bury the baby, but most of the time the Mother kept the quilt as something to hold on to. It occurred to me that the quilts are really more for the Moms and nurses than for the babys. I always hear it said that they should be in bright colors, but I much prefer pastels. (I have an unreasonable dislike for red on babies). I have seen preemie quilts in brown and orange because the fabric was given to the maker for free. To me, that is unacceptable. If you were the mother of a preemie baby, how would you feel getting a brown and orange quilt?

This fabric is just so perfect. The colors are bright, yet pastel enough for me.


Vicki W said...

They are so cute and I am so very happy to see the fabric used in these quilts! Much better than setting on a shelf in my sewing room. Thank you!

Deb said...

Barbara, they are just perfect. Way back, a hundred years ago, I was a neonatal ICU nurse...your quilts are perfect, becquse you are right...they are the Mother's quilts and they are soft and happy memories for those whose babies don't make it.

Deb said...

Barabara they are just perfect! Way back a hundred years ago, I was a neonatal ICU nurse. And you are right, they are for the Mother's. They are a very soft, yet happy reminder for those whose little ones didn't make it.

Angie said...

Red and babies just don't go together, I agree. I also love soft pastel colors. Something cheerful, yet soothing. What a wonderful gift to share.