|The Zombie Quilt|
|Newly Made Baby Quilt, in 2008|
This is the first baby quilt I ever made with Minky backing, and it's the only quilt I ever tied instead of quilting. I gathered a wide satin ribbon with the ruffler foot on my sewing machine and then sewed it into the edge seam of the quilt. Soft cotton fabrics on the top of the quilt with little nubby embroidery floss knots, silky satin ribbon along the edges, and snuggly Minky backing on the reverse. This quilt went together fairly quickly, and somewhat halfheartedly, since my sister had been telling everyone how much she hated pink and I knew there was a good chance this quilt would get shoved into a dark closet and never see the light of day. My sister's family lives far away and I don't get to see them often, so I wasn't able to watch the gradual decline and disintegration of this quilt over the years. I'm told that the Princess calls it her "covers" and demands its presence at every nap and at bed time, wears it as a cape, and drags it around after her, Linus-style.
I last saw the pink Minky quilt about a year ago. It was in pretty bad shape then, so I made Petunia a new, Big Girl quilt with Dresden plates, Minky backing, and satin binding edges to take its place:
|Replacement Quilt Made in 2013, Deemed Unworthy by the Princess|
A lot more work went into the Dresden plate quilt. No dice. My sister tells me that the Dresden plate quilt is only used when the raggedy used-to-be-pink quilt is in the laundry. It's only the Understudy Quilt. Ah, well -- I tried!
You might think it would be depressing to see one of your quilts in shreds, with gaping holes where some of the patches have disintegrated and the batting is falling out, but I think this is the best possible fate for a baby quilt. It may look gross, but as the Princess says, it's still fluffy and it has memories!
Memories, indeed. Here's a parting shot of the zombie quilt, wrapped around Princess Petunia as Anders was opening his birthday presents:
|Lars, Anders, Princess Petunia with Zombie Quilt, and James|
Happy 11th birthday, Anders! And the Zombie Quilt lives on...