Quilts That Take the Snooze Out of Batting

B/Perrino Custom Quilts

b/perrino baby quilts!

Quilting is not your usual territory.

But thanks to B/Perrino Quilts, a collection of modern baby blankets that takes the prairie out of batting and cotton, you may discover you’ve got a bit of that pioneer spirit.

Artist Barbara Perrino’s coverlets turn the traditional art of quilting on its head with abstract designs and unexpected color combinations. The meticulously crafted blankets range from cozy and muted (hello, nap time) to modern and bright (the perfect showpiece for a nursery wall) and never seem like something from Grandma’s attic.

Each cuddly wrap is individually pieced and quilted, so no two are alike. Perrino has a few ready for purchase on Etsy, or you can ask her to make one just for your little snoozer.

That’s sew nice.

Available online at etsy.com, $110. For custom orders, email info@bperrino.com, $25 an hour. To see styles, go to bperrino.com.

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this week in boston!

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont
What: Local children’s book author Victoria Griffith drops by to share her tales.
Why: Little aviators fold paper airplanes and munch on snacks.
When: Thurs., 3-5 p.m.
Where: Jacadi, The Heritage on the Garden, 310 Boylston St., Back Bay (617-574-8833). Free.

Back to School, Back to You Special

What: At SalonCapri, parents get the royal treatment with discounts on hair services and pedicures (reg., $45; now, $30).
Why: Just flash a photo of your munchkin for 20 percent off haircuts and color (single process or highlights).
When: Thru Sept. 30.
Where: 406 Legacy Pl., Dedham (781-320-0900); 31 Lincoln St., Newton (617-969-1970).

Exploring Land and Water

What: Try your hand at nature-themed crafts and see artists Clare Walker Leslie and David Moses Bridges in action.
Why: Visits from critters drive home the outdoorsy idea.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem (978-745-9500). Adults, $11-$15; 16 and under and Salem residents, free.

Photo: Courtesy of B/Perrino

310 Boylston St
The Heritage on the Garden
Boston, MA 02116
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970
406 Legacy Pl
Dedham, MA 02026
31 Lincoln St
Newton, MA 02461