Friday, May 22, 2020

Beach Baby

We've been going to the same stretch of beach on the Gulf coast since 1983. At first we rented a beach house, but when its new owner made it his private home, we had to find somewhere else to stay, so we went to the condo complex next door. We've been going there once or twice a year since '04. Valerie and Lawrence are the managers, and I tell you, the condo owners don't know how good they have it with Valerie and Lawrence in charge. While it's an older complex, it's always immaculate; Lawrence has very high standards. Together Valerie and Lawrence have handled everything, including multiple hurricanes. They couldn't be nicer people. Valerie is the sweetest, friendliest, most genuine person you'd ever want to meet.

We were booked to spend last week there, but of course due to the pandemic we had to cancel. When DH called to cancel, he and Valerie chatted for awhile, and she told him that they'd recently become grandparents. Well, every new grandma needs a baby quilt for when the new grandbaby comes to visit, right? Of course! So I had the pleasure of making one.

DH didn't get the details, so I don't know if the baby's a boy or a girl. No problem, I found soft beachy colors in my stash that work for either. So this is Valerie's grandma quilt, named Beach Baby.

Timeless colors, classic chevron pattern, modern spiral quilting.

Baby and parents don't actually live near the beach right now, but I'm sure they'll get there often. I hope this little quilt gets snuggled with baby, dragged through the sand, thrown down on the patio floor, draped over a porch rail for shade, and otherwise well used for years to come.

It's on it's way and should arrive today, May 22. I tossed my card with my blog's name into the package, so maybe Valerie will visit. If so, congratulations, Valerie, on your new grandbaby, and I hope the family gets to come see you often. We hope to get back to our beloved beach sometime later this year.

Link Ups:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Alycia Quilts
Wendy's Quilts and More


  1. It's too bad you have to miss your annual beach trip. It's the perfect place to relax and recharge from normal life's craziness. I'm sure the new parents will love this little quilt and probably be blown away with your kindness. We love going to the Gulf. Once you find the perfect rental it's hard to go anywhere else!

  2. Beautiful baby quilt with all the right sentiments tucked into its stitches.

  3. Oh your gorgeous views from the condo photo makes me wantta visit a beach!!! All in good time I guess. Your quilt is so soft and pretty, I am sure Valerie will be super surprised when she gets it. It will just make her day.

  4. What a sweet gift to send. I'm hoping the quilt gets lots of use and love soon.

  5. Love those beachy colors! Makes me long for a beach visit!

  6. What a wonderful quilt and such a thoughtful gift!

  7. What a thoughtful gift for the grand parents to pass on. I'm sure you enjoyed every minute creating it. And the new parents and baby are sure to love it.

  8. Oh how very very sweet - I love that even though your plans didn't go the way you wanted you were so caring for others... That is just plain ol sweet!! Hope things turn around soon and you can visit your favorite places ;-)

  9. This is so thoughtful, and sure to be appreciated by your friend! I'm sure she'll be so surprised, too. Love those beachy colors :)

  10. You have made some beautiful quilts recently. I love both this and the flying geese baby quilts.