This quilt was made for our daughter, Sierra-Ruth to go in her gorgeous cardinal crib, her Papa made for her. Sadly, it took me well into the year and a half mark to complete it, so we were never able to use it they way it was made to function.
It is a sleep sack for a newborn. Generally, new babies are swaddled into little burritos and laid on their backs to go to sleep… gosh how I miss those fleeting moments, she grew into a toddler so quickly. Because our little bird was due in February, I thought that I would have this little sleep sack all prepared for her arrival so that she could be nestled in during that winter month.
The egg quilt is pieced to resemble the color and texture of a cardinal egg. For all of you who don’t know, they lay very light blue eggs that have a variation of speckled flecks. The piecing was done in the style of the log cabin, patterned and quilted as a brick. The bottom quilt is a more abstract take on the colors of a cardinal nest creating the shape and texture with the outlining of the quilt and also the texture of the quilting, itself.
It was assembled as two separate quilts and attached with pearl-topped snaps. For my readers who are parents, you know all about the function of snaps 😉 They are easy to put together and take a part and are also very sturdy and reliable as to keep the little burrito snug. There is also a snap in the very center of the egg to snap the top down so that the baby’s face would not be covered.
Last but not least, the nest’s quilting…
I really enjoy free motion quilting and have a tendency to incorporate wording into almost all of my work. That being said, my thoughts were to choose a timeless and incredibly meaningful quote that my little bird(s) would be able to relate to for the years to come:
“Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.” Psalm 84:3
Because the quilt is not currently in use, I have sewn some small loops onto the back and made it into a wall hanging… for now.
All of the fabrics used in this quilt are cotton, although they differ in their weave.
The quilt batting was all bamboo for easy breathe-ability.