Friday, September 13, 2013

A Baby Quilt for Adrian

About 18 months ago I accidentally found some of my cousins through a search on the internet. I sent a snail mail letter to several people with my paternal grandmother's maiden name in her birth town of Orkucany, Slovakia. I was so surprised when I received an email from my cousin, Eva! She is the daughter of my dad's first cousin, who is my age, and Eva is my kid's age. Eva and her brother, Jozef, have helped me to find out some of my family history.

We visited them last summer. You can read all about it here and here. I never got to meet Eva because she was working and living in Ireland at the time. She and her husband have returned to Slovakia and they had a baby boy in July.  I wanted to send them a gift, so of course I made a quilt.

Baby Quilt for Adrian

I bought the fat quarter collection of Seaside by October Afternoon for Riley Blake fabrics last year and have been wanting to make a quilt with it since then. I love all the prints and the colors in this collection. It is perfect for a little boy's quilt. I added a few extra prints from my stash to mix it up a bit.

Baby Quilt for Adrian

I finally found a thread that my Bernina loves for quilting. It's Perma Core and was given to me by my long arm quilter to try. Now I just need to work on my FMQ skills. No more blaming it on the thread breaking!

Baby Quilt for Adrian

This quilt will be flying off to keep Adrian warm and snuggly. It gets mighty cold in Slovakia, so he'll probably need more than just this little quilt.

Quilt Stats:
Name: A Quilt for Adrian
Fabric: Seaside and additional fabrics from stash
Backing: Dottie Extra wide
Binding: Grey Michael Miller Cute Plaid
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt.
Quilted: by me with a random stipple using Perma Core 40wt. thread
Finished size: 39" x 50"


Julie said...

How exciting meeting unknown family.
Love the colours in your quilt too.

Susan Snooks said...

What a sweet gift for a far-off relation! I'm sure it will be loved and treasured!

Katy Cameron said...

Very cute, and glad you found a thread that works for you :o)

Leanne said...

That is a lovely baby quilt, and it is so nice that you can stay connected with your family. Wonderful news about the thread too.

Geri said...

Wow what a nice gift to give!!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Lovely quilt for a baby boy, the prints and colours are perfect.

For a moment I wondered (wildly) if you were one of the people my dad has been in contact with! He's been researching his family tree for the last number of years and keeps turning up new cousins in the USA and Australia. Unlike many people, my great grandmother moved from New York to extremely rural Ireland rather than the other way around!

Sarah said...

What a great story. I'm sure Eva and little Adrian will treasure your quilt gift. My Aunty has been researching my maternal grandfathers side in Northern England and Scotland (we are in Australia) and has found many relatives and met up with some too.