Babies are a sign that life goes on . . .

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So what’s the reason for the title of this blog? With all that is going on in the world right now, there seems to be a “bumper crop” of babies being born. I like to think of this as God’s way of giving us hope for and in the future. No, I’m not a grandmother yet, but hopefully will be one day when my sons and their wives are truly ready for the life long responsibility of being parents. Some day I hope to be the kind of grandmother I never had, and always longed for.

I do LOVE to look at, shop for, and create things for babies!! In fact, my first business, The Stork Port, started in 1980 after the birth of my son, Myk. I created and sold quilts, bibs, stuffed toys and animals, and even a line of personalized clothing for children that I sold at craft shows and consignment shops. I was able to be a “stay at home mom” instead of going back to being a school teacher which has continued through today in a different venue. I think most women want to either create things for babies or at least purchase something handmade as a gift of love or perhaps an heirloom. I think many women learn to knit, crochet or sew when they find out that they’re going to be a grandma.

Laurette Koserowski, editor of The Quilter, has asked me to design a variety of baby quilts in the last year based on the readers wanting more patterns for baby quilts. With so many new parents knowing the sex of their child before birth, and the use of virtual quilts, we can offer quilts in different colorways – not just generic yellow and green! At the moment, it seems like I sell more quilts for boys; and for multiples. Again, I think it’s a “sign of the times”, and I’m happy to work with all the darling new fabric collections for babies. Pastel colors as well as brights are still popular along with animal, toy and alphabet themes. The quilt pictured is called “Jungle Fever” and is my new design featuring a collection called Animals Around the World from Northcott. You can view the fabric collection at http://www.northcott.net/, and see it in the pink/blue colorway as shown, and also in the brown/blue colorway I will also be offering. This quilt will be published in the May issue of The Quilter, and available as a kit on my site in March.
Have a pieceful day!
Michele
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