I will be the first to admit that I love shopping for Hermione. Is there anything cuter than tiny little girl's clothes? Ok, maybe the tiny little girls that inhabit said clothes! Before Hermione was born I had her closet well stocked with many, many summer dresses, rompers and outfits. We spent her first summer in East Hampton and I has so much fun dressing her up for all of our adventures. Even though she was very much an infant I made sure she was well outfitted for every walk to town, trip to the beach, sunset at our favorite vineyard and family BBQ.
After last summer was over, the weather turned colder and Hermione kept growing bigger and bigger. Come fall it was time to move her beautiful summer baby clothes to a box in the basement. Too sentimental to give my favorites away there they sat for months and months.
Finally, last winter I decided I wanted to take Hermione's most special baby clothes and turn them into an heirloom quilt. Not being a quilter myself I enlisted the talents of Gina Rockenwanger to design the quilt.
Over the course of several weeks Gina and I worked together to design the layout of the quilt. From the star pattern inspired by Hermione's playroom wallpaper to the custom elephant backing fabric inspired by her nursery every detail was carefully thought out with love.
When Gina delivered the final quilt to me I couldn't help but cry. Each quilted patch evoked a memory of my baby girl and her first summer. Here a sunny day in the sand, there a snuggle in our backyard. Filled with my most cherished memories Hermione's quilt is something that will be in our family forever. I love snuggling under it at night while I watch TV or read a book. Eventually I will give it to Hermione but for now it is my own grown up version of a lovey.