Friday, May 19, 2017

A Baby Genius Play Quilt for Micah Rose


Last week, during a conversation with my daughter-in-law, Christina, she asked me if I had any black and white fabric to make a play quilt for my granddaughter Micah to use for tummy and stimulation time.  I told Christina I had something better than that; I have in my stash Baby Genius fabric by Benartex which was designed to "encourage baby's brain activity during their first important development years".  I bought this bright and colorful fabric over ten years ago and used it sparingly for co-workers' baby quilts with the intention of saving it, especially this panel, for my future grandchildren.  Micah is only seven weeks old and I thought a Baby Genius Quilt wouldn't be needed until she was at least four months old. According to Christina, Micah really gets excited when she sees patterns in black and white or in colors.  So, of course, I had to make this play quilt right away since I will be seeing Micah this weekend.  When I think about this quilt, it should have been done soon after she was born--my bad.


This panel measures 42" x 48" which is a nice size for a play quilt.  Sadly, my Juki went on the fritz last week and was brought in for servicing and I really missed using it for this quilt.  I only stitched in the ditch because I didn't want any quilting to interfere with the pictures or patterns.  I wasn't really happy with the stitches made by my Elna Sewing Machine especially with the puckering where the quilting intersected--this would not have happened with the Juki.  Hopefully, Micah won't notice.  Since this quilt is going to be used on the floor, I decided to back it with black and yellow ticking which I had in my stash and was waiting to be used for just the right project.


I also have in my Baby Genius stash, this panel which I will make a wallhanging for Micah when she starts talking,  Hopefully, I'll have at least six months to finish it and I'm crossing my fingers that my Juki will be back by then.   Really, what am I thinking, as soon as the Juki returns next week, I should start working on the wallhanging.  After all, any projects for Micah now are immediately put on top of the project list which it should be.
This baby girl knows that she has this grandma wrapped around her little fingers.

BTW, I had mentioned in previous posts that I was finding all sorts of projects which were started over ten years ago and never finished so I was wondering what could have happened back then.  Well, I finally  remember what it was; I went back to work; maybe it was an event worth forgetting since it interfered with my quilting.  I don't think I'll have any problem with remembering I retired four years ago.

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18 comments :

  1. What a sweet quilt. And, yes I can see the genius in her already! Grandparents are for spoiling!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! I know I'm being biased but I agree with you. Micah is such an adorable baby; she had a cold when this photo was taken.

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  2. Oh my goodness - is that not just the sweetest face and smile?!!! Micah is adorbs. Of course any project for Micah goes right to the top of the list - how could it be any other way? That Baby Genius panel just makes me smile - especially that happy, smiling face block. I am going through a similar thing with a niece that is due in early September. I am always on the lookout for things to make Baby J - they aren't finding out the gender. ~smile~
    Roseanne

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    1. Thanks! Would you believe Micah had a cold when they took her picture. It's a good thing I don't sew clothes; otherwise I'd be making dresses. My son and his wife did the same thing, we didn't know the gender until the delivery.

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  3. Beautiful quilt!! Beautiful baby!!

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  4. Cute quilt for an adorable grandbaby! Oh, those cheeks!

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  5. Thanks Paige, And to think Micah was on day 2 of her first cold. She really is a sweet baby; a definite keeper.

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  6. Very cute quilt! and perfect for those 'tummy times'! Ah yes, my quilting took a real dive once I started back at work too! Happy to say, I'm on a roll now though!

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    1. Thanks Linda. Now that I'm retired I still don't think I have enough time to quilt but at least it's more than when I was working. I'm glad you're on a roll because I see all the wonderful quilts you are making.

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  7. Great quilt! Nice to have a request and have something in the stash that is just perfect for it. I'm traveling so behind on everything!

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  8. That Baby Genius fabric is a perfect tummy time quilt!. I just finished the top for a Taggie quilt, also to be used for tummy time. My 5th great grand is due in August. This one is a girl and will be my 2nd great granddaughter. Baby quilts are the best!

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  9. Such a cutie! Of course anything for that sweet baby should jump to the top of the pile. The playmat looks great, and I know Micah will love playing on it.

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  10. Oh what a sweet quilt for a very gorgeous little girl :)

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    1. Thanks Carie for the lovely comments. I am enjoying being Micah's grandma very much.

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  11. I love this quilt with all the bright colours, what a lucky little girl to have such a talented grandma..seems you were saving the fabric for this moment!

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    1. Hello my Better Blogger Hive Mate! It's quilts like these that justify my stash; I knew one day I would finally be able to make something with this panel. Micah is already enjoying it. Thanks for the sweet comments and for stopping by.

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