There's nothing better to celebrate than the birth of a new baby, and no better gift than a quilt. But in reality, I often don't have time to get a quilt done for every new bambino—Paul and I are lucky to be surrounded by young folk who keep on popping them out. We get to hold them, and oooh and aaaah over them, and then hand them back when they're crying. Best of all possible worlds!
Although I can't quite get a quilt done for every baby, I still like to make a little something. And so my go-to gifts these days are some of our favorite baby books, accompanied by a couple of bibs. I typically make one side of quilting cotton, and one side of flannel for soft face wiping. I add a little rickrack, impractical but too zippy to resist. I'm hoping to get a slew of these stitched up on my upcoming retreat.
As for books, we typically give those that were our daughter's favorites, including The Snowy Day
and Whistle for Willie
by Ezra Jack Keats, Dr. DeSoto
and The Amazing Bone
and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
by William Stieg, Noisy Nora
(a great rhythm for reading aloud) by Rosemary Wells, Blueberries for Sal
(kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk) by Robert McCloskey, and Bill and Pete
by Tommie DePaola.
There are so many great books for babies and toddlers—what are some of your favorites, old or new?