Handprint quilts + more ways to delight kids (sale!)

Ask a group of quilters how they started quilting and one of the answers you’ll invariably hear is that they had a child (or a grandchild, niece/nephew, or friend’s child) on the way and felt the need to make something handmade with which to wrap them in love. One of the things we quilters love about our craft is the memories it creates, both for us as we put our love into every stitch and for the child (or child at heart) who will create their own comforting memories as they use and love their handmade creation.

This week, we have some great sale books with inspiring ideas that will help you make quilts for—and with—kids!

Handprint QuiltsHandprint Quilts by Marcia L. Layton

Can you believe that Mother’s Day is in just a few short weeks? It’s also time to start thinking about end-of-school-year teacher gifts AND it’s the prime season for school fund-raising auctions. If you’re searching for the perfect gift for any of these occasions, then you need to take a look at these super-cute ideas! Best of all, the kids get to participate in these projects and, in doing so, create one-of-a-kind keepsakes that will truly delight the recipient (or auction-bid winner).

Marcia, a former teacher, began her handprint quilting journey with a simple quilt that featured the handprints of her students. She soon realized that you could enhance the handprints with a few simple and strategically placed bits of paint or other embellishment. Take a look and start dreaming up your next kid-oriented project!

Quilts from Handprint Quilts
“Sweet Hearts” and “Flower Garden”

Quilts from Handprint Quilts
“Circus Fun” and “Just us Chickens”

See more from Handprint Quilts.

Growing Up with QuiltsGrowing Up with Quilts by Mimi Dietrich and Sally Schneider

Two longtime, best-selling authors collaborated on projects that not only cover newborns to teens but also build your quiltmaking skills! Learn appliqué, strip piecing, and paper piecing while keeping your favorite kids of all ages wrapped in love!

Quilts from Growing Up with Quilts
“Secret Garden” and “Itsy-Bitsy Spider” by Sally Schneider

Quilts from Growing Up with Quilts
“Fantasy Fishes” and “Butterfly Kisses” by Mimi Dietrich

See more from Growing Up with Quilts.

Polka-Dot Kids' QuiltsPolka-Dot Kids’ Quilts by Jean Van Bockel

Do you love polka dots as much as I do? If you like fun, whimsical, happy quilts (and really—who doesn’t?), then take a look at some of these projects. I dare you not to smile! Many of these quilts are very quick to make (always a good thing, especially when the baby shower is right around the corner) AND there are a few smaller gift items as well—onesies, mini quilts, pillows, and pillowcases for even quicker gifting!

Quilts from Polka-Dot Kids' Quilts
“Frosted Animal Cookies” and “Baby Planets”

Quilts from Polka-Dot Kids' Quilts
“Zippy Quilt” and “Zoo Polka”

See more from Polka-Dot Kids’ Quilts.

What is your earliest “comforting” memory? A quilt or “blanky,” a stuffed animal, or maybe your Mom’s loving touch? Tell us about it in the comments!

6 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I had to really think about this question. And after digging deep into my brain, I’ve not one memory of a comfort blankey. However I have used food to comfort my emotions, and chocolate can still make the world seem a bit brighter!

    —Lea on April 28, 2014
  • A blue stuffed kitty w/music box that I got when I was 5 years old. Although I am now 57 I still have teddy kitty even though his music box no longer works. I will keep him untill he or I fade away.

    —Tina on April 28, 2014
  • I remember a little 6″ square of red & white dotted fabric. It was a raised print; I don’t know the name for that kind of fabric. I held it in my fist and stroked it while I sucked my thumb. Mom says it came from some doll’s dress. I had worn the rest of it out and she made this simple blanket with ric-rac edging on it. Even all these years later, give me a dotted fabric and I start stroking it. Maybe it’s time I rethought it into a lap-quilt for me.

    —Sherry Jurykovsky on April 28, 2014
  • My first comfort was a pink bunny. I remember dragging it around by what was left of its ears. I wish I had know how to crochet back then – that bunny would have had a wardrobe of capes in as many colors as I could find in Mom’s yarn stash.
    I made up for it years later, crocheting clothes for my girls’ barbie dolls. Of course, without patterns, things were made by fit – if it was too loose, take in a couple of stitches. If it was too tight, rip out a couple of stitches. The girls still remember the colorful "stash" outfits, even now their kids are mostly grown.

    —Lynne on April 28, 2014
  • My favorite was a baby sized doll named Suzy Belle. I pretended she was a real baby sleeping with me.
    I later got my wish for three real life babies…they did not sleep with me.

    —Lorraine Brown on May 2, 2014
  • I had a receiving sized flannel blanket for newborns that was always on my bed.

    —Margaret Zupfer on May 2, 2014

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