A couple of months ago, Cyris asked me if I was still making baby quilts.
My first thought? He and Regan were having a surprise. That thought was fleeting. I knew that neither of them were ready for babies. They’re not even ready for marriage yet. They both want to get through school before they think any further about other things.
I asked Cy who the quilt was for. He told me it was for a couple of their friends. Former roommates who unexpectedly found themselves pregnant.
I breathed a sigh of relief and told him I would definitely make him a quilt. He had some ideas about the fabric patterns: the father is a fellow cowboy on the rodeo team, plus an avid hunter. He and Cyris have become good friends, so Cy wanted to combine those two passions. He didn’t know what the gender of the baby was yet, so he wanted to keep it neutral.
I started shopping for material, and ended up ordering several fabrics online, to get the right combination of patterns. I make an Around the World pattern, baby size. It’s one of the classic patterns, with a single square in the center and five fabrics making a distinct diamond pattern.
I found several cowboy type fabrics: cowboy boots, cowboy hats, ropes. I found some fabrics with deer. Some with horseshoes. I kept the colors neutral, with a lot of tan and brown throughout.
I had the top of the quilt done by the time Cy and Regan got to my house for Christmas Eve. They both loved the fabrics and helped me decide which border fabric to use. I finished the quilt while they were in Manhattan visiting her family, and they were thrilled to see the finished quilt when they stopped back on the way home to Dillon.
As I worked on that quilt, I as thankful it was for friends and not for my kids yet. Someday, I hope I have grandkids running around my house. But I’m not ready for them yet. I’m glad that my boys are waiting until they’re older to start families. Until they’re settled. Until they have some kind of plans in place.
As Cy and Regan left, they told me about another couple that were expecting a baby. At about the same time. Both Cy and Regan looked at each other and kind of laughed. I think they were both thankful the baby game was being played by other ‘kids’ and not them.
I’m in no hurry for my babies to have babies. As far as I’m concerned, they can wait years before any additional little cowboys or cowgirls are racing around the arena. Obviously, I will love any babies no matter when they arrive. But I hope the baby blues don’t hit my babies any time soon.