My guild, Tarheel Quilters, supplies baby quilts to the NICU of Cape Fear Hospital each month. As you can imagine, many twins and triplets are born a little early and need special care. The nurses enjoy offering “matching” quilts to the parents of these precious babies.
Last year, at Loving Stitches’ post-Christmas sale, I purchased half yard cuts of Nancy Halvorsen’s “Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow” line. Even though daughter Trinity and I used parts of my purchase for several projects, enough remained to make two nearly matching quilts.
Basic Instructions: For the quilt on the right, construct eight “Four Patches” from 4 1/2″ squares. Cut eight 8 1/2″ alternate squares. Sew “Four Patches” and alternate squares together in rows; then join the rows together. Cut four border strips 4″ wide; measure and sew them to the sides of the quilt. Each quilt top measures about 39″ square which conveniently fits on 42″ wide backing. I purchased 3 yds. of print fabric which was plenty for backing and binding both quilts.
As I made the quilts, I prayed for the preemie babies who will receive them and the parents who will unexpectedly receive early Christmas gifts. I hope and pray the quilts convey warmth and caring for a family in crisis.