My oldest daughter is 7 years old, and just before she was born I made her this baby quilt. She LOVED that thing (still does). It went everywhere with us, church, grocery store, airplanes, bed. It was her number one comfort item. Over the years it has suffered from wear, and eventually she didn't "need" it as much. But it was still always in bed with her.
Fast forward 5 or so years and my 2 year old discovered how soft and cuddly it is, and pretty much stole it from her big sister. Luckily she just likes it for sleeping, but it has always bugged her older sister. I haven't been super fond of it either. It's pretty ragged, and I don't want to see it completely wear out.
One day, my 7 year old suggested I make a new one for my 2 year old. I thought that sounded like a fair plan, so we went to work making a new one for Christmas. At first I wanted to make it as close to exact as I could, but decided I didn't want to buy any fabric for this project, so really only the pattern is the same.
I kept warning my 7 year old that this might not work. Her sister might not care for a new, crispy quilt. She might just want her older sisters quilt that is broken in and soft.
But you know what, it worked. My 2 year old loves her new quilt and was even willing to give back the old one! Yay!
I love both of these quilts, they seem so sentimental to me. I keep wondering if I'll have to make another version for our next baby.