A Quilt for Baby Boy

I say baby boy but he isn’t really a baby anymore. How a year went by already, I’ll never know. He was just born yesterday!!!

1Baby boy loves his blankets. The swaddling ones from Aiden&Ananias are by far my most favorite. Not only are they great for newborn swaddling but as they grow, they are all around the perfect blanket to have around. They are also super big which is nice as your baby gets…sniff…bigger.

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However, I wanted baby boy to have something a little heavier as the weather cooled off. Something he could snuggle with and get all cozy with…..when he’s not sleeping on top of it. :P  Call me sentimental, but I really wanted something personalized for him.

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Before he was born, I was given an adorable set of receiving blankets. The bright colors and fun mix of patterns made me happy. I loved to look at them {ok, I’m weird} but didn’t open them due to having opened other blankets first etc. It is an unfortunate truth that you can only use so many blankets. Finally, almost a year later, I had a brilliant beyond brilliant idea. I would use them to make a quilt!

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Baby girl had received a quilt from her grandma so I figured I could use that as a “pattern”.  For those who know me {or if you don’t you’re gonna find out} know I am not a pattern follower. Patterns stress me out. Patterns confuse me. Patterns make me extremely angry. Patterns make me want to throw things out the window. Do I have an issue? Yes, but that’s not the point of this post.

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So I took those five blankets. and I “measured’ and cut squares, triangles and rectangles. A ruler and scissors didn’t work well for getting the shapes super straight. My sister saved the day {I mean this literally} by lending me her rotary cutter. Let me tell you, it was amazing! I’ll never go back to scissors again. Ever.

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Along with trimming my fabric down, I also forgot about how seam allowance would make the blanket smaller. These kind of mistakes are typical with me. But since I had enough fabric left over, I remedied that issue by adding another border around my “original” design.

For the back of the quilt I searched for something soft but not too fuzzy, not too thin but not too thick. I scoured JoAnn Fabrics for the perfect thing without finding anything I loved. In another stroke of genius {it happens all the time, people} I realized I had a gray duvet cover that would be PERFECT. So I cut it up and used that!

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Probably one of the hardest parts was figuring out what patterns to put together and making sure the same pattern didn’t touch on the next row! At the very end I was trying to decide which squares to zig-zag a top stitch around and I finally let my sister pick for me because my brain hurt.

complete2I have to mention that in the middle of this project, my sweet husband surprised me with my very own sewing machine {I’d been borrowing my sister’s} and it was amazing for this project!  I am really excited about how this turned out because it is pretty much, completely perfect. For me and sewing that’s a big deal.  The fact that I already had all the materials to make it, made it that much more fun.

Baby boy sleeps with his quilt every night and carries it all over the place with himself.

It makes my heart melt.

Fall is here!

Can’t believe fall….autumn….is here. Summer really went by fast for me. Not complaining though, I am loving the cooler weather and having my windows open again.

If you want some fall craft ideas, here is what I was busy with last fall {Book Wreath, Garland and Pumpkins, The Thankful Tree}. For some favorites of fall go here; and for lots of things pumpkin check out these posts {Pumpkin all the things, baking your own pumpkin, scones}

I am currently pumpkin hunting. Trying to hold out for good deals but not too late to where I miss out. It’s a balance, my friends.

Here’s a few little things I’ve been working on recently. Apologies for the bad picture quality. :{

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DIY: Crib rail protector

The Lord recently blessed us with a beautiful crib. No sooner had we put it up, baby boy started testing his teeth on it. I know, I know, it’s supposed to get used but of course I freaked out and wrapped blankets all around the rail. However, I didn’t want that to be a permanent solution. After looking on Pinterest and Google, I decided to dive in a try to make my own rail protector.

How hard could it be? {usually my famous last words}

I cheated a little bit, using a receiving blanket instead of buying fabric.  I get pretty excited when I can use something I already have AND it’s something I like. I am really into the chevron pattern plus grey is a great neutral for boy or girl.

First I measure my crib rail. I measure a few times just to make sure I had it correct. {sometimes my brain plays tricks on me}

1The green flannel blanket I used for my lining. If it’s not thick enough to “protect” it’ll be pretty fabric on top with teeth marks still in your nice wood rail.

2I cut both blankets in half and sewed the halves together to make one long piece. {A word of advice: always, always, always PRESS YOUR SEAMS. It’s a boring hassle and annoying but it will make your life 100 times easier while sewing.}

3Next, I pinned the two pieces wrong sides together, sewing them together to make one piece.

4The green flannel’s thickness was just right but it was also lumpy and hard to make lay flat even after pinning. I do have a few places that bubble a little because of this.

5{If at any point in time you wonder, “why is she doing it that way?” or “why is she making all that extra work for herself?” I am not a pro and am only following what my brain is telling me makes sense. Due to this I sometimes end up doing things two or three or four or five times before it comes out the way I want……or any way that works.}

6I folded the fabric in half putting right sides together and pinning it in place. More advice: you will save yourself tears of frustration if you remember to leave an opening so you can flip it right side out when you are done.

7After flipping it right side out, I took out my lining stitches because some of them were showing on the outside. I hand tacked my ribbon in place and sewed my opening closed.

8Then I sewed a top stitch over the whole thing {I LOVE how the zig-zag stitch came out} which went over my ribbon again. Gotta make it strong!

9Ta da! It’s definitely NOT perfect but it turned out better than I thought it would {I was very doubtful half way into it}

11And so far, so good. Baby boy hasn’t really tried to yank or pull yet.10