It’s true that every quilt I make, I make with love. I think about the newborn laying on it for photos or the toddler snuggling with it at nap time. I’ve made many styles of baby blankets over the years, but the “Rainbow” baby blankets by far are the most special.
A rainbow baby blanket is a blanket or quilt made especially for a baby born after a miscarriage or infant death. It symbolizes the beauty that comes after a storm. The hope that things will get better and the connection between the two siblings.
Last year I made a rainbow flannel and minky blanket for my friend Steph to gift to her friend’s new baby. It was soft and snuggly and perfect for the baby girl. It was a heartfelt gift and touched so many. I was emotional just creating it.
So recently I received another request for a rainbow quilt. This time from my friend Patty. Patty’s nephew and wife had twins, Julianna and Kevin, born prematurely. Tragically, Julianna passed soon after her birth. This rainbow quilt would be for Kevin, but Patty wished to have both babies’ names on it.
The design was challenging. Rainbow theme – but not too “girly,” and both names on the quilt even though little Kevin would be the only one to be photographed on it. The only one to snuggle with it. How did I accomplish this?
I had the idea to keep the “rainbow” portion a scrappy column of color blocks. I used many of my own scraps (we all know by now how many I have!) and picked up a few more to make it just right. I didn’t want it too flowery or busy. I knew I wanted Kevin’s name on the bottom right, which is standard to all my personalized blankets. But where would I put Julianna’s name? IN the rainbow, of course! (Wow, that just gave me chills). Because that’s where she is. Next to Kevin, forever close to his heart, and in the rainbow, waiting until they meet again.
Thanks for stopping by, friends!