Monday, November 10, 2008
Robyn's Gift to Kirsten
The story of this quilt began thirty years ago.
Shortly after Kirsten was born, she and her parents moved to South Africa for her father's work. They lived there for two years. Then moved back to the states. Kirsten then spent the bulk of her childhood in California before her parents decided, "Hey! Let's be missionaries in Africa!" Before landing in the Ivory Coast, where she lived for her High School years, her family first had training in exotic locations like North Carolina and France.
With all of this shuffling about, Kirsten's mom was forced to be choosy regarding which childhood memorabilia to hang onto. What made the cut? A mobile. A mobile with little circus characters hanging from it. It is adorable, and from the 70's. So, oddly it is quite trendy right now with it's retro flair.
When Kirsten discovered she was pregnant, her mom sent her the treasured mobile. And as was thinking through what she wanted her baby's room to look like, she went to some quilting stores in Manhattan and found circus fabric. The circus theme was decided.
I bought a little of the circus fabric myself and the day Kirsten found out the baby was a girl, I made a dash for the fabric store to get the rest of the fabric for the quilt.
And, now, ladies and gentlemen, Andrew and Isaac present the Circus Quilt!
Andrew's favorite part is the juggling unicyclist.
Isaac prefers the quilt's overall oral appeal.
And I love the little cat peaking out from the tent.
OK, now you know.