When J & I moved back here to Northern Virginia, I was fortunate in that I was able to rejoin my wonderful knitting group. A dear friend in that group introduced me to another woman who also was having her first baby.
Turns out we were actually due withing 3 months of each other & much more in common than we ever expected! We started hanging out, doing our daily walking together, as well as scouring all the local baby consignment stores for good deals.
Well she was due the end of January to give birth to a baby boy they had already named Paul, & I knew I wanted him to have a special quilt. Since she & her husband both enjoy the outdoors, I wanted to make Paul a green quilt & I was in love with the Dancing Nine Patch pattern Bonnie Hunter had recently released.
I dug into my bin of green men’s shirts I had started collecting for Nick’s quilt & sure enough there was plenty for a quilt for Paul! (And probably enough even another Dancing Nines quilt!)
It was very enjoyable to piece & since the pattern was very “square-ish,” I used the pantograph “Waterworld” by Jodi Beamish to add movement & soften the quilt. I used a forest green flannel for the backing, & Warm & Natural 100% cotton batting. This is definitely a snuggle quilt!
I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was with how this turned out! It’s the perfect size for a baby to grow into & use for several years.
I gave the quilt to Amanda during one of our group’s knitting days & she was loved it too. (I wish I had gotten a picture of her face- it was the happy smile all quilters love to see!)
Paul decided to come into this world in the beginning of February & is the cutest little boy! I hope he grows to play, nap & love the Dancing Nines quilt.