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My kids are well beyond the baby phase (3, 6, and 8) and I know very solidly that we will not be having anymore babies. It is a good place to be in my life right now. BUT, that doesn’t stop me from loving pregnant mamas and babes to be. And one way I can do that is by sewing baby quilts.

One of my friends from high school moved just minutes from me in the last year (from California where we grew up to Washington) and was expecting a baby. Before he was born, I created a quilt design (the b is for his name) and sewed it up and delivered it to her. Now that the baby is born, I need to get in gear and deliver a dinner (if you have a favorite post-baby dinner to give, please share!).

I started with this design (this is done in Inkscape. I recently upgraded computers and am trying some new programs out before I purchase Adobe Illustrator).



It ended up a bit differently once made up in soft Kona cottons, but I love it. I finished the back with mens cotton shirting fabric. In the computer transfer, I somehow lost the finished outside photos of this blanket, so you get the cruddy “I just finished sewing this so I’m going to take photos of it on the carpet in the sewing room” photos.



And one showing the back of the quilt…



Sorry for the disappearing act. September has been one of THOSE months and last weeks was ESPECIALLY one of THOSE weeks. We lost our dog on Wednesday, I sewed a quilt for my daughter’s birthday, and we held a Spongebob party for 11 kids 8 and under. And today we are putting a roof on the shed that we are building. So, I’m pulling a project out that I haven’t shared yet since I wanted to wait for the wee babe to actually be born.ImageImageCrib-sized blanket with circles raw-edged appliqued. The baby’s name was also appliqued on the back. Lots of pink fabrics for a baby girl.

I owed you all a post yesterday but I was so busy driving around and trying to get a grip on our taxes that it totally got put off for today.

First point of business: this week’s Grape Deal – White Map from the Wheels collection by Riley Blake. Only $7.00 a yard for this week only. A really super fun fabric. I can’t wait to cut into it myself.

I ordered up some new fabrics this week, too, so keep an eye out for them. I’ll announce them as soon as I have them in my hot little hands. I LOOOVVEEE it when the UPS (or Fedex) truck delivers new fabric. It is seriously my Christmas.

And some project photos!

Having two kids in diapers, I needed a way to organize the different sizes for each kid. Plus, keeping them in the original bags is just messy and ugly. Using some duck cloth I had left over from my purse sewing days, some All Stars by Riley Blake, and some heavy interfacing, I whipped up these diaper buckets. They work sooooo great and are really super easy to sew up. I have plans for more and for different sizes, so if anybody is interested in a tutorial/pattern, just let me know.

Green Duck Cloth & Cream Large Circles

Brown Duck Cloth & Cream Star Dots

Another project that is on my sewing table at the moment is a quilt for Baby Bert. Inspired by some of these quilts, #1, #2, #3. Obviously it is in the very early stages and other projects keep vying for my attention, but I am enjoying it, nonetheless.

What is everyone else working on? I’d love to see some links and photos!

Blasts from the Past