I decided to take off a bunch of hats and actually return to that new baby quilt I mentioned a while ago that was under a pile of fabric. It’s been about 90% finished for several months. All that’s left is sewing about half of the border binding, a final wash, gift wrapping and popping it in the mail. Hmm. Could even take care of it this weekend and get to the mom-to-be-again before the baby arrives.
The new baby’s big sister LOVES giraffes, or at least went through a giraffe phase, so the blanket has some on one side, and elephants on the other (mixed in with assorted shapes and patterns). I’m told that big sis is campaigning for baby’s middle name to be “toast” or “door” or “window.” Any of the three would be acceptable. A couple of 6 and 7 year olds I know are advocating “flower power water shower,” “shimmy fizzle pop fizz” and “cocoa pop.”
I started a quilt for big sister, too, thinking it wasn’t fair for the new baby to get all the gifts and attention, but, well, that’s just not going to happen anytime soon… I’m going to hell on my path of good intentions.
I have to admit, a tiny bit (say, 5%?) of my motivation for finishing it is my dire need for storage space and the mental relief of getting items OUT OF MY APARTMENT. The other 95% is entirely love.
Now my challenge is another friend who just announced her first pregnancy. Problem: she’s a better crafter than me. And she has a long-arm quilting machine. And more storage space. What’s a long-distance Fake Auntie to do? (FYI, we’re calling the baby Office Supply, as the first description of his/her size was “a post-it note with arms and legs.”)
Did I mention my honorific of Fake Auntie? It comes with all the privileges of spoiling kids, dosing them with sugar, and returning them to their parents. Also, I don’t change diapers.
I do make excellent baby gifts. They’re just a little…late… sometimes. My friend is having baby #2 any day now, so I need to step on it to finish her baby blanket. It’s 90% done. The challenge is that what’s left is boring: just sewing on the edge binding. This blanket has been 90% finished for about 5 months.
So Frankenstein will have to wait a bit until this is done, gift wrapped, and in the hands of USPS.
…On the other hand, Baby #2 will hardly know the difference of a few days, and I am/was on a roll.
I’ve got both sides assembled now, and am dithering over The Great Button Conundrum of 2018. One option would be to make it fasten like a duvet cover. I just really don’t like making buttonholes. Another would involve fabric ties instead of buttons, but I worry that’d look weird/kitschy and be annoying. Hmm.
Maybe now would be a good time to finish that baby present.
Would you believe there’s a dining chair and part of a table beneath all of that fabric? These piles represent four quilts in progress–crib, child/twin, and two king-sized. You can’t actually see the crib quilt, but trust me, it’s under there. It’s also in its final mile of binding, which is about when I typically lose interest.
Not shown in this photo is another pile of fabric that is part of my foray into braided rugs. One rug is currently about 2 feet in diameter, with about 4 feet of braided “tail,” and I’ve already started conceptualizing a new braid-based project. I really need more space.
Side note: I highly recommend the podcast, “Stuff You Missed In History Class.” It’s hilarious and educational and an all around good time. I binge-listen while I sew, as unlike knitting, I can’t watch television at the same time. They’ve even done an episode about the “Early History of Knitting.”