Linus from Snoopy famously lugged around his blanket and I bet your kids have one too. Elizabeth Richardson of Libby Ann Quilts has been sewing security blankets since 2017. “Picking a favorite is hard because every time I design something new, it becomes a favorite,” she laughed. “My kids are really into dinosaurs and I adore the ‘Dino Letters’ blanket we have. I am very partial to watercolor drawn floral prints. I have a ton in my shop and they are some of my favorite fabrics to sew.”
Richardson stands proudly behind the high quality of her minky creations. “Libby Ann Quilts offers premium blankets made from a traditionally-trained quilter. We only use luxury fabrics from top designers,” she shared. “We want your child to fall in love with his or her quilt and use it—a lot! With a lot of use comes the need to wash it frequently, which can be hard on fabric. Not with a Libby Ann Quilt! We only purchase the best premium minky, satin and thread so that your child’s special blanket will wash beautifully for years to come.” Beyond durability, every blanket is personalized for its recipient. “Each letter is meticulously cut out and sewn on. We do this all by hand, making each blanket a truly unique heirloom quality gift. It’s what makes it a Libby Ann blanket!”
Based in Iowa, Richardson named the shop after a childhood nickname (“because it is personal and unique”). “We had recently moved due to my husband’s job and I finally decided it was time to take that big leap and open my own shop,” she recalled. After some trial and error, Richardson discovered the snuggle was real. “I started with traditionally pieced baby blankets, but quickly realized that the business model of selling unique, one of a kind pieces online was not going to be a great fit for me. Finding a way to make unique, fun and reproducible blankets was the way to go,” she said. “This is when I started working with satin and minky. They are the fabrics my own kids were always drawn to and their favorites to snuggle with. It took about six months to master my personalization techniques before introducing them as an option for the shop.” Richardson also built up one of her greatest resources – a strong mom sounding board. “We have an awesome tribe of moms in our Libby Ann Snuggle Club on Facebook. When we are ready to add new designs to the shop, they are always there helping give me opinions and ideas of themes their kids are looking for. I love the interaction in the group,” she exclaimed. “I also love Pinterest and spend a lot of time on there following nursery trends. Our brand does not shy away from color!”
The Libby Ann Quilts blankets make terrific baby shower and birthday gifts. “The shop gets really busy starting in October for holiday gifts too!” Pick out a minky print on the new Libby Ann Quilts website and join in the mom group in the shop’s Snuggle Club here.