My mother is an amazing and inspirational quilter. After I started writing mysteries, I decided making baby quilts would be an excellent, nitpicking task to engage the editor side of my brain so my creative child could run wild.
For Zander, I designed this pattern of fashion-forward shirts and ties because his father is always so well dressed.
Then Anna F. told me about an exhibit of baby quilts in LA: http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition. According to the website, “the traditional art of quilting perfectly marries functionality and aesthetics; quilts provide warmth and protection while presenting strikingly beautiful decorative designs.”
Clearly the curator is not a new grandmother. Babies don’t sleep under quilts anymore–too dangerous. Instead, quilts provide a clean and interesting space for that dreaded infant activity: tummy time. This one is big enough for us to have tummy time together, which sounds just wonderful.