One of the things I miss most about not having my twin sons is not getting to buy cute little matching outfits. I don't get to buy 2 backpacks for them to start school, or 2 bikes for Christmas. Even with 4 children in our house I don't ever buy 2 of the exact same thing since the kids are different ages and sizes.
But 'tis the season for twin buying for me. The twins anniversary is coming up. This year I decided to finally make those quilts I have promised myself since the first year they died. About 3 months ago I found a new quilt pattern that seemed fun and would make use of fabrics I already owned. I was able to cut all the pieces and take my sewing machine with me on vacation to Arizona, which was bittersweet. I remember being pregnant with the twins four years ago in Arizona, eating tons of sausage and drinking protein drinks to gain weight, and watching the Hurricane Katrina fallout. I guess it was fitting that here it is four years later and I was listening to the news talk about the anniversary of Katrina while I sewed the two quilts.
Once the two quilts were completed, laying next to each other, never to be used, a twosome, it was so final. I really knew their anniversary was upon me. The quilts are undersized since they won't ever be used. They are more symbolic, something for the mother to take home and cherish rather than the crib size I usually make for newborns. I found some decorative paint cans that would display the quilts nicely. I thought they would double nicely as memory boxes for cards or hospital bracelets. The paint cans seemed a little empty though, so I went shopping for doubles. Finally, my twin shopping was realized. But instead of cute tiny outfits, booties, or matching bibs, I purchased a disposable camera, a journal and pen, and some gourmet chocolate.
I found some nice stickers to decorate the cans and a sticker that said "Blessings from Heaven". I added all the things I had purchased with the quilts and a list of resources and a letter to the mother. It makes a nice little display, patiently waiting for 2 more mothers who have the same fate as me.
[caption id="attachment_484" align="alignnone" width="270" caption="The two finished quilts"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_485" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="The back is a flannel with bathtime ducks"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_486" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="The complete contents; journal, pen, disposable camera, chocolate and list of resources"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_487" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="A twosome"][/caption]