I’ve been wanting to write this post for a few weeks now — it was just 5 days ago that Grey turned one month old! The story of how this quilt came to be and little Grey is one that I just don’t want to forget.
I went to college with Allie and Ryan, and I was able to see her this spring as we celebrated at a shower of a friend who was expecting her first. In a completely funny moment, Allie and I realized we were due within days of each other, but neither of us had made the news very public yet at all.
Months prior, I was sorting fabric in my sewing room when a grouping of grey pieces of fabric ended up in a pile with some bits of coral mixed in. I loved the simplicity of the colors and began unfolding the fabric and playing with various combinations. I ended up keeping it really simple on both sides — not even really deciding on a front or back, but loving both equally.
I began finalizing ideas for how I wanted to quilt this square beauty, with a little bit of simple and modern trapunto mixed in as well. I didn’t know who this quilt was for, but I knew I needed to make it. I decided to quilt it using concentric circles. It would take a bit of time to do, but I didn’t realize just how long it would take.
I would wake up early in the morning and sew circles…circle after circle after circle. All the while praying for this baby, unsure if it was a future baby of ours or even perhaps a baby I would never meet. I wasn’t sure, but I knew I needed to keep making it.
I finished quilting it and it was then folded up and tucked away, unsure of the recipient, I just wasn’t able to finish it.
On June 17, Allie was admitted to the hospital due to her baby’s size and what was finally diagnosed as HELLP syndrome.
Grey Delphine was born on June 20, 2014 weighing in at only 0.9 lbs and just 10 3/4 inches long. She began fighting for her life and has continued proving everyone around what a fighter she truly is.
When I woke up to the news that she had arrived, immediately I knew. I hadn’t known who this baby was that I’d been praying for was until now: this quilt was made for Grey. I had purpose in finishing it once more, and I finally got it in the mail to Allie. Each of those circles representing time praying for Grey Delphine, just not by name. I had no idea she existed when these lines were stitched, but that doesn’t matter.
Grey Delphine just turned one month last Thursday! She is growing strong and continuing her fight. Allie and Ryan are blogging updates here — please keep Grey, Allie and Ryan in your prayers!