Tumbling Zoo

P1030884_wmI know I am not the first person to start a baby quilt and never get it completed in time for the arrival of the new baby. This quilt however is hanging on the wall in my studio. I started it over 12 years ago (that tells you how old that “baby” is now). It was for a co-workers second child. Even though I worked on it during my lunch break, I never told him I was making it for him. Good thing, since he never got it.

Several things happened that stalled my progress. My lunch schedule changed at work and I was taking a shorter lunch, I was running out of fabric and I knew I wouldn’t be able to find more. I was hand piecing and it was taking longer than I thought. The baby’s birth day came and went. Then the first birthday. So the quilt was put away. Until a few years ago. I decided it was time to finish it. This time by machine. I added the blue and green to make it larger. It finishes at 30×38.

I love how the blocks show dimension. P1030897_wm

I quilted along each seam line through each block and just carried the line out when I got to the border, resulting in a very interesting pattern.P1030893_wm

I am linking up with “Throwback Thursday” over at Quiltin Jenny’s site.

Maybe there is a child out there that will need this quilt someday, in the meantime it is waiting on my wall.

How many baby quilts have you started and not finished in time?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

  • Valerie Root

    Only the one for my own son! I wasn’t THIS much into quilting, but I was a quilter. I guess the shock of finally getting pregnant was too much for me, because I was pretty far along before it occurred me to make a quilt. Duh! Hand work, of course. I finished it a few months after his birth, but it was never a favorite. I think it’s packed away somewhere.

    • Jackie

      Thanks for sharing Valerie. I am glad to know I am not the only one that doesn’t think “quilt” even now when I would like to do something for someone.

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Susan Owenby

    Every time I see one of these I always thing Qbert. I try not to, but I can’t stop my brain. It loves Qbert!! Nice finish. Sometimes they take a while! 😉

  • Quiltin’ Jenny

    I think baby quilts might be the ONLY ones I finish on time (or close – I’ve never had a baby reach their first birthday without their quilt)! LOL! I really need a deadline to do my best work.

    I love how you extended the quilting lines into the border. Also, I can’t believe you were going to give a co-worker a hand pieced quilt. I’m not sure I would do that for my own children!

    Thanks for linking up.

    • Jackie

      Jenny, It had been a long time since I had really done much quilting and I think I needed a reason to do the tumbling block pattern which I love.
      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
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