My brother, Tracy, is so funny. He told me on the phone one day (in 2004), not long after the “Ballerina” Quilt arrived for the baby he and wife Christy were expecting (see below) that he was nervous his daughter was going to be a “girlie girl”. I said, “Tracy, most girls are kind of girlie.” He explained that he was hoping she would be “just a little bit tomboyish” because otherwise he’d be afraid that he’d never really be comfortable playing with her or being with her…”I don’t think I’ll be very good at the whole ‘playing Tea party’ thing. I’m hoping that she’ll be at least a little like Brittany (our niece) and she’ll want to play softball and run track and beat up on guys.”
I assured him that even if she ended up being a real “girlie girl” he would indeed be good at the “Tea Party” thing. All Daddies are. It’s in the genes. But, I still felt for him.
So, I thought to myself, “all the rest of the baby’s nursery is pink and lacy and well… “girlie”. I, myself, had just contributed a very pink and purple Ballerina quilt to the nursery. So, I decided to make a quilt for my new niece, Kiersten (and her Daddy) that wasn’t quite so “prissy”.
I found this really cute pre-printed fabric with a picture of a little girl bunny riding a tricycle on it. I thought it was darling. Stippled around the picture to make it “pop”. Then framed it with pretty fabrics that I didn’t think could be called “boyish” or “girlish”. I was very pleased with it when I was done. He loved it! BTW: Kiersten is 13 now…and VERY GIRLIE! LOL