By Edie McGinnis
I am looking forward to April and May this year. In April, my youngest son and his wife will welcome another little boy into their family. Their children, Jackson and Sophia, know they are getting a little brother, but I’m willing to bet they don’t have any idea what a difference that guy is going to make in their daily lives.
In May, my oldest son and his wife will also have a baby boy joining their family. Their two children, C.J. and Ceirnan, are very excited to be getting a new baby. Ceirnan was sorely disappointed to find that she is not getting a sister. But she is beginning to figure out that she might be able to dress the baby up in her doll clothes, so things are looking up for her.
So I will soon have nine grandchildren, four girls and five boys. The oldest two are now 8, the youngest is not quite 2.
So far, I have failed to get quilts made in time for any of the grandkids to be wrapped up and brought home from the hospital. I have most of the blocks made for our little Sophia’s quilt, but I still need to sew them together. I ran into a stumbling block and was out of time all at once. I am one of those people who truly understands why the cobbler’s kids have no shoes.
Then I am going to get the new babies’ quilts made. I have the patterns chosen, and I have fabric. To say I have fabric is probably the understatement of the year.
Jackson and Sophia’s little brother will have his nursery decorated with vintage airplanes. I have printed out a paper-piecing pattern that I think will be just the ticket for a quilt. I haven’t chosen fabrics yet because scrappy might be the way to go on this one.
C.J. and Ceirnan’s little brother is going to get a quilt made from the Bright Hopes pattern. I changed it a little bit because I want the center square to be larger than the traditional pattern. The birds I’m using for the center of the blocks are so cute that they deserve to be seen. In the diagram below, you will notice there are circles in the centers of the blocks. That’s because I didn’t have bird fabric in my quilt program. You will find the directions for making this quilt at the end of this blog.
I am optimistic about getting these quilts made. Not only am I optimistic, I am determined to make it happen. So if you are wondering where I am on the weekends, you will be able to find me in my sewing room, giving my Bernina a workout.
Wish me luck!
Quilt Size: Approximately 40” Square
Block Size: 8” Finished
3/8 yards light blue
3/8 yards dark blue
3/8 yards light green
3/8 yards dark green
5/8 yard print for center squares
From each of the blues and greens, cut:
25 – 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” rectangles. (You need 25 of each.)
From the print fabric, cut:
25 – 4 1/2” squares
To Make Each Block (This is going to seem backward to you!)
Sew the rows together to complete the quilt top.
Layer the quilt top with backing and batting, and quilt as desired. Add binding, and you will have a quilt ready for the next little one who will steal your heart away.
Edie McGinnis is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Friday.