Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Properly appreciative 3

I mentioned last fall that we have a new baby in our family.  I don't have an ironclad practice of making serious baby quilts for every new child, but I do have an ironclad practice of making each one a newborn quilt.

Newborns don't see colors for the first two or three months of their lives, but they are enthralled by the stark contrast of black-and-white.  It is amazing to see a tiny baby looking intently at a B&W composition, his brow furrowed in concentration, almost as if he is reading.  So I make each new baby a tiny B&W quilt.  Not big enough to suffocate him, so it can go in the crib or be propped on the sofa within reading distance.

I once thought that it would be nifty to make kits of B&W fabric that could be sold at Houston or other big quilt shows, with directions for sewing it up, along with a brochure explaining the physiology and neurology of tiny babies' fascination with this color combination.  If any of my entrepreneurial readers would like to seize upon this opportunity, take the idea with my blessing.  I can provide lots of photos of babies who love their B&W quilts.

Here's our newest family member, Luke, with his newborn quilt.


  1. Adorable. Do you know if certain forms/patterns are preferred?

  2. as far as I can tell, the baby doesn't care as long as there is the strong contrast between black and white. I often use up black and white solids that I had previously sewed into compositions for Nancy Crow's classes.

  3. Love the quilt -- and Baby Luke even more!