Josie’s Quilt (This one’s a tearjearker)

Alright people, get your tissues out……

Remember these 2 cute baby quilts that I blogged about a few days ago? I also quilted a coordinating quilt to go with them.
free-motion machine quilting

Michelle, my customer, made all three quilts for a pregnant friend. Michelle’s friend had tragically lost a baby earlier last year. This is what happened, in her words:

On the evening of Sunday, Jan 30, 2011, I became nauseous and just could not get comfortable. I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia with placental abruption. Preeclampsia is a syndrome characterized by the onset of hypertension and proteinuria after 20 weeks of gestation. Unfortunately at just 24 weeks and 2 days gestation, there was no choice but to deliver our baby. The original plan included transport to another hospital which specialized in high risk pregnancies and preterm delivery. In preparation for transport, my pressures were continuing to rise and the preeclampsia had become life threatening. There was no choice but to deliver at the hospital where I was initially admitted. I was prepped and immediately taken for an emergency C-section where I delivered a little girl weighing just 1 pound. The Children’s Mercy neonatal team had been called in to assist in the care of our baby immediately after arrival. However, despite all efforts our little girl, Josie Michael, passed away a short time later with her father (Mike) by her side, holding her hand.

Once Michelle found out that her friend was pregnant again, shedecided to make all three quilts. Here is what Michelle says about it:

Before all of this had happened Kristin (my sister) and I had already picked out and purchased the blue and pink version of this fabric for the entire nursery. Once Josie had passed away we (I especially!) felt it was only right that we make something for the big bed that was going to remain in the “nursery” with hopes that if she did have another child that the quilt would be a memory of Josie and still match the nursery “theme!” And finally… that is what will happen! This quilt will be on the big bed in the nursery room and the pink baby quilt that you quilted will be for her baby sister “Quinn”! I am so amazed at how the quilting really pulled this whole quilt together!!! I know every time she looks at it she will think of baby Josie and it will truely be cherished in their home. I feel so fortunate to have been able to make this for her and her husband Mike!!

I warned you that this was a tearjearker! When Michelle sent me the quilt, she asked me to quilt Josie’s initials into the middle of the quilt and to quilt her full name in one of the borders.

machine quilted letters

machine quilted feathers

When I quilted her full name, Josie Michael Fuhrman, in the border, I used a dark brown thread to help it show up…but it still is a little hard to see.
machine quilting

(Josie was given the middle name Michael because that is the only person she got met during her short time here.)

Here are some more detail shots of the quilting:
custom free-motion quilting
machine quilting

Just recently, Michelle’s friend delivered a healthy baby girl and I wish the whole family loads of joy and peace!

This isn’t the first emotional quilt I have quilted (see here or here for others that I have done) but this one sure got to me! There can be so much nastiness on the internet and in life in general. Let’s all take a moment, say a thankful prayer for all we have and go out of our way to be nice to someone today!

Happy Quilting!


Baby Quilt X 2

Is there anything sweeter then a baby quilt? No? How about two baby quilts….

These quilts were made using the Boutique Baby quilt pattern designed by Anne Sutton.

Michelle, my friend and customer, made a boy version and a girl version, she is so ambitious! For the quilting, she said that all she wanted was something awesome…I think she meant feathers….

Baby girl quilt with free-motion quilting

Little Miss

baby boy quilt with free-motion quilting

Little Mister

When quilting the quilts, I imagined them to be fraternal twins…….very similar, but not identical. I wanted the quilting to be the same way. For the girl version, I quilted feathers (we all know how much I love feathers!) and flowery designs.
feather free-motion quilting

When it was time to quilt the boy version, I used some of the same designs. I quilted the strips and the borders the same way. But I quilted the blocks with a little more “boyish” design, this neat triangle. I am so in love with this design right now, this will be my new favorite for at least the next couple of months!

modern quilted triangles

I expecially love the trim on the quilts, this oh-so-sweet satin trim adds the final touch to these very precious quilts!
Corner of baby quilt

I am not going to lie, I really wanted to keep these quilts! Not because I am going to have a baby or anything…..I just wanted to look at them a little longer! I just know that a special little baby is going to have sweet dreams under their quilt.

Happy Quilting!

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