My friends Meagan and Mike (Miguel) are having a baby in a few weeks, and if there is one thing I learned from hanging with my baby niece, Ella, is that these kiddie kats like to be on the floor. What I also learned is Moms and Pops like it when their babies want to be on the floor, because it gives them a break from rocking, nursing, snuggling, and entertaining baby. Not that these things aren't great, but hey, being self-sufficient is the goal right, so why not start 'em early? Anyway, I made M&M a quilted blanket that was a bit heavier to withstand some serious baby floor work.
|The lovely Meagan Marie with her baby's blanket. Doesn't she look pretty?|
I got the inspiration for this blanket from my domestic idol Lotta Jansdotter. Her book Simple Sewing for Baby had been passed around the Test-Nest households as we prepared for baby Ella to arrive. I'm going to save how awesome this book (and her others) is for another post dedicated to Ms. Jansdotter's work, but if you want to be inspired you can't go wrong with a Lotta Jansdotter book.
Anywho, I took some liberties with Lotta's pattern, which I think she would appreciate. I made the blanket a bit bigger, by making five 8" high strips that were about 40" long. I didn't buy fabric for the top of this, just pretty scraps that allowed me to reminisce about past projects. The width sizing for each block was random, but I love how I used some bigger strips, particularly of the blue Irving Street Flannel by Erin McMorris, it's like a real sky line! I used a little mixed media action on this by mixing cottons and flannel fabrics together. Babies seem to like feeling things, so maybe Baby McGarry will like the contrast. Keep me updated on that one, Meagan.
|Quilted blocks. Love it!|
|Cutting out the backing and the inner batting.|
|Corner and edge trims|
As for quilting the blanket, I did a top stitch around the edges, and then I "stitched in the ditch," which means I stitched where the blocks of fabric were stitched together.
|Stitching seams from the back.|