“Babe’s Toy Box” quilt has been waiting patiently for the perfect recipient, and when I found out that my friend Andrea was having a baby girl, I knew I had to finish this quilt for her babe.

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Andrea and I have been friends since we worked together at a Montessori school. She became a near and dear, and we’ve stayed in touch even as we both moved on from that Montessori school. We have clung to each other even more recently, as we’re both loss mamas. I was thrilled to hear that she and her husband were pregnant again, and have followed this pregnancy with much anticipation.

Andrea’s baby shower was last Sunday, and I was unable to make it. Imagine my panic when I emailed her to try to make plans over the next few weeks to find out that she was moving out of state this week! I knew it had been a bit since we had a good, in-person catch-up, but goodness! That was big news!

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Amazingly, we were able to schedule some time for breakfast at Panera Thursday morning before she headed to her new adventure. Her precious babe is due in just six weeks, and I can’t wait to see pictures and meet this little one. What a blessing she will be to her family and extended family, though Andrea and I talked about the grief and emotions that will likely attend each milestone.

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Andrea was so excited for the quilt, and even said she was thinking about asking me to make one for her baby girl. Well, I was two steps ahead of her! I know that Babe’s Toy Box quilt will be treasured and used and abused and loved.

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I washed the quilt before I passed it off to Andrea, and there’s something about the way the quilting transforms the quilt once it’s washed. It gets all scrunchy in the quilting, and I always think that looks like love. Quilts are love, it’s as simple as that.

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As I talked to Andrea about the quilt and showed her some of the parts that are special to me, I pointed out the giraffes. Those of you who have followed our story already know that giraffes hold special meaning to Lloyd and me, and we think of Patrick each time we see a giraffe. I told her that I think Patrick and her two babies in Heaven are playing together, and having representations of them in the quilt’s toy box means that the siblings will always be together.

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I love the back of this quilt almost as much as the top. I had leftover fabric that I was able to use to piece a back. My friend, Donna, calls this a “party on the back” of the quilt. This quilt truly is reversible, which makes it extra fun.

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Andrea has promised pictures of her baby girl with the quilt, and I can’t wait to see them. A bit of me is going with Andrea and her family as they move. Thanks to technology, it will be easy to stay in touch. A precious quilt for a precious baby born after loss. Love, just love.

Some project details:

Finished Size: 40″x50″
Pattern: Stacked Blox by Urban Elementz
Fabric: Kit from Quilter’s Way, featuring fabrics from the Toyland collection by Alexander Henry Fabrics (including Tinker Toyland in cream as the main fabric, Tinker Twinkle in cream as contrast, Tinker Balloons in cream for the border and back, and Tinker Toyland Stripe in cream for the binding), as well as some solids (which I didn’t write down)
Threads: Pieced with Aurifil 50-wt. #2600; Quilted with Fil-Tech Glide in Linen
Quilting: Quilted on a Gammill Longarm, using Statler Stitcher, edge-to-edge Rose Stipple

Linking up to Finish it up Friday on Crazy Mom Quilts.