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 washington, d.c.!


What: Scissors wizard Erik Johnson creates a paper likeness of your munchkin for $25.
Why: More heirloom worthy than those iPhone photos.
When: Book now for Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Monday’s Child, 218 N. Lee St., Alexandria. To register, call 703-548-3505.

Adventures with Food — Let’s Move and Groove

What: Plant edible flowers, play games, and take a few nonperishable food items for donation.
Why: The easy-to-grasp nutrition lessons may finally convince her to eat broccoli.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton (301-962-1400). Free.

Fiesta Musical

What: Folk dancers, animal demonstrations, and vendors showing off Latin American wares.
Why: Perk up his winter wardrobe with a woolly alpaca sweater.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW (202-633-4888). Free.

Photo: Courtesy of B/Perrino

Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Ave
Wheaton, MD 20902
Monday's Child
218 N Lee St
Alexandria, VA 22314
Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008