Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Quilt Is Not Just A Quilt

When I look back at old photos of my sister and me as children, I see a lot of the same things- those blue chairs in the upstairs living room, the peach colored curtains, the green and black afghan. I see the red felted wool blanket, the blue quilt, the New Kids on the Block sleeping bag I insisted on carrying with me to every room. So many memories tied up in all of these familiar things, from the comfortable furniture to the well-loved blankets we wrapped our family in year after year after year.

It's amazing to think that the items that I now choose to bring into my home will become part of the boys' memories later in life just as those things have for me. That black and white striped throw from IKEA I always seem to have draped over the couch, the soft gray baby blanket that Henry has had around from infancy, and the two plus-sign quilts that each boy uses every day of their lives- all of these things have a place in our home.

My friend Jen created the custom plus-sign quilts for each of the boys as a gift, and I can still remember opening the package and just staring at those beautiful blankets for some time. Right away I knew they were special, and I could plainly see the love and care that had been put into making each of those quilts. I was so delighted by their beautiful quality, stitching, and overall craftsmanship, and I was immediately excited because I knew that these would be two things we would keep forever.

Over the past few months the quilts have become a part of our everyday- we wrap ourselves up at night to read books together in bed, Henry grabs his and drags it out in the morning to stay warm before the heater really kicks on, they're included in cuddle sessions in the big chair, a photo backdrops on the ground with baby Charlie, long walks in the stroller when we need an extra layer of warmth- these quilts have become a part of it all, and in turn, have become a part of us.

I couldn't think of a better or more special keepsake, and just as the blue blanket was so important to my sister and me (we wore holes in it eventually, after 15 years of daily use), these quilts will be that for Henry and Charlie. It's a beautiful thing, really, to have a keepsake you're able to actually use, because with that use comes a story- a million stories. And just as the quilts are made from piece after piece of material, we add our own "material" to it every day with all of our family moments that are eventually woven right into the quilt itself. A keepsake indeed.

*To go along with this special post, my friend Jen is generously offering 10% off your order with code "SWEET10".


  1. these are stunning. the best sort of keepsake.
    I always feel silly for getting so attached to things, and i'm really trying to work on it, but they get so wrapped up in love and memories that it's impossible for me to separate the physical object from the sentiment it holds.
    These are the perfect props for their little boy story.

  2. i love these quilts.
    you are so right about the memories that are connected with things like these.

  3. That's so sweet. I recently made my first quilt ever - a twin sized one from thrifted fabric for my eldest daughter this Christmas. Annabelle's only 2 now but I hope it's something she'll treasure forever. I can't wait to start on Freya's so she can have one too!

    The ultimate thanks for a handmade gift is knowing how useful and treasured it becomes.

  4. Love it.
    The things that we keep close to us really do become special memories, and in a way, part of who we are.
    The quilts are beautiful, and such a thoughtful gift!

  5. This is so true. My parents still have most of the blankets and old furniture I grew up with and it's almost a de'ja vue when I use them now. It never occurred to me that the items my son is using will one day have the same memories attached to them. Kinda comes full circle, doesn't it!

  6. My daughter received a beautiful quilt made by her nanny for her second birthday in November and it has become such an extension of her and a constant reminder of the love that she is surrounded by on a daily basis. I still have my blankie from before I was born and I hope that her quilt lasts thirty years too!

  7. My oldest son finally gave up his Sesame Street comforter when he was 23, when I replaced it with a more modern adult comforter. His friends and girl friend joked about how he took everywhere he thought he might spend the night. It had holes. It had acrylic paints that he had spilt when he got into them when he was 3. My daughter at 23 still uses her Pocahontas comforter. She has a quilt whose top is almost done. I'm hoping that will retire her old comforter. My younger boys drag their quilts around the house. It is amazing how they attach themselves to them.

  8. I love quilts! My best friend makes one for each of her children while she is pregnant (she has four girls) and it is such an awesome present for them and keepsake. She's made some for family and friends as well, including one that was made completely out of Crown Royal bags. I would love to have one made especially for me that I could keep for a lifetime-- the one that I have wasn't made for me but I adore it and take special care of it. PS- your children are precious.

  9. Wow. I can't believe I've never thought of things like this before. Even though I don't have them at our house, I can remember all of my favorite blankets, stuffed animals, and even Winnie-the-Pooh utensils.

    How sweet are these quilts! So lovely, and such a wonderful future memory for your boys.

  10. These quilts look so snuggly!


  11. OMG cute little baby bottoms! Love this post! <3 I wish that I had the patience to do something like quilt. It always seems like such fun.

  12. Great post - in this throw away society isn't it fabulous to have something to treasure and keep forever.

  13. Oh my gosh, those are GORGEOUS. My three daughters need their own. asap. Thank you so much for sharing such beauty, and to Jen for creating it!

  14. I love this! I recently started quilting so this is an especially exciting thing for me to read!

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    1. Oops, that sent too soon- I'm on my phone. Anyway, I was not paid to do this post and this is not a sponsored post. The quilts were a gift. I clearly mark all of my sponsored posts in the bottom right portion of the post. <3

  16. I slept with my older sisters baby blanket until 3 years ago (I'm 31!). My mom made me ANOTHER blanket and now I sleep with that one and bring it everywhere. Embarrassing? Kind of. Haha. As I was reading your post I started thinking of all of the 'stuff' that was the backdrop to my childhood. It's so fun to think about. I didn't even realize that now I'm creating a totally different setting for my son's childhood memories.

  17. I loved this post! I'm very sentimental with things like this as 3 year old is 100% attached to my first little quilt I had 25 years ago. I'm always scared something will happen to it and he will be out of his favorite "blankie" and I also wish we had another so I could pass it to my 8 month old. Your boys' quilts though are perfect, love them! <3

  18. Such a great post! I adore quilts and those two are just gorgeous, so many memories to be had with them.



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