the tradition continues

February 20, 2019

I hosted a baby shower last weekend with several of my friends, and after our guests left and it was just us cleaning up, we were a little sad. This would likely be our last baby shower and baby quilt we make as a group. We figured out that we had hosted 14 showers together and made 14 baby quilts--one for each of our children's first born child, and this was possibly the last. So, a tradition that started 18 years ago with my own granddaughter Annie, is at its end. Sob. (Except now I'm thinking we'll have to resurrect the tradition when we start to have great-grandchildren!)

You can start your own tradition of a group baby quilt and it's not as complicated as you might think. We are six women of varying sewing skills, and to simplify we use the same basic recipe each time: twelve embroidered squares set within a sashing of lattice strips and squares, backed by plain fabric with batting in between, then hand quilted.  I've written a post that explains it all in detail.

Click here to make a group baby quilt.
Go on! Take a peek, it's not as scary as you might think!
Below are pictures of the baby shower in progress.

Our party theme was baby animals.

The party favors were sugar cookie mommy and baby hands...

...wrapped in cellophane and tied with pink ribbons.

Pink champagne, rose wine, and pink lemonade!

A baby shower is a good excuse to use the fine linens and crystal.

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  1. Absolutely lovely, Kristen. You have such a flare for entertaining, making everything picture perfect.

    1. Thank you! It was a hectic morning getting it all together and taking the pictures were almost an afterthought, but I was happy to see that they came out looking serene!

  2. J'aime beaucoup la broderie, c'est dessins naïfs c'est très mignons.

    1. Thank you! I also love embroidery and wish I did more of it! It is especially nice for children!

  3. What a beautiful labor of love.


  4. Absolutely scrumptious. What a lucky young mother. Pink is one of my favorite colors and I could look at those baby shower pictures all day. Chloe

    1. Oh thank you so much! It was a very emotional day for all of us and the mother was just thrilled. I thought she picked out perfect colors!

  5. This is a really lovely tradition. I wish I could sew! I enjoy your blog very much. Thanks for writing it. Helen


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