I decided it was time to make a new kind of blanket! B got a ton of baby blankets as gifts but the ones that I am most in love with (especially now that it's starting to warm up) are the muslin ones! I remember "splurging" on an Aden & Anais one that was made for American Eagle Kids (AE77) that had robots all over them (B's nursery theme). Even though he wasn't swaddled for long, he still loves cuddling up with this blanket! I decided that he would need a new one for this spring, and ended up buying a few yards of bleached muslin and some silky bamboo yarn for the edges. I love the simplicity of this blanket, but also love how the crocheted edges add that special touch! I also made these double layered, rather than just a single layer of muslin, so even though it does get softer with every wash, it doesn't seem to get that traditional "wrinkly" muslin look. (I may have to try just doing a single layer next time I make B a blanket, because I do love that wrinkly-ness!)
I also recently had a custom order for this new kind of blanket! The customer wanted it personalized, so I was able to cut out the initials using my Silhouette Cameo and heat bonded and stitched the letters onto the muslin. I love the way it looked, and I hope that the person who received it will enjoy it as much as B enjoys his blankie!
here's the latest baby blanket order i just finished up! we just had a new Joann Fabrics open up- the difference is, it's actually a superstore! (i hate when businesses call their places superstores...reminds me of like super walmart, and if you know me you know that i BOYCOTT walmart!) i was truly surprised at how much more they had and was even more surprised when i found some cute flannels for these baby blankets that i've been making! i've been trying to limit my trips to joann's because i'd really like to only shop at the specialty quilt shop...however, sometimes my budget doesn't always allow that, and with us having some unexpected expenses and being so close to the holidays, i don't know when i'm going to be able to make it to the Artful Quilter next!
this weekend has been an interesting one to say the least! i'm still recovering from my wisdom teeth extraction. (seriously. no fun!) i've decided to stop taking vicodin during the day, and only at night because it was doing weird things and making me feel more horrible than i already felt! how people become addicted i don't understand! i've got a total of about 5 medications i need to take, so i don't think those on top of all the painkillers really help because i've never been used to medicating myself that much!! (and i totally ever take back saying that i want to try and have natural childbirth because i really don't think i could handle THAT pain!!) i thought i'd be able to have more solid type foods by now, but it's not looking like i can! my jaw is still very stiff (the doctor did say that day three was the worse it would be at, but i'm really thinking, maybe day four!) i never thought i'd say it, but i think i'm sick of ice cream!! i think i've dropped seven pounds already! i've already given my husband a list of all places we have to go eat once i can!
since the drugs have made me somewhat lightheaded and nauseous, i haven't gotten as much sewing as i thought i would on my few days off! instead of drowning myself in horrible television, i started back up on crocheting. i actually had started this throw last year! needless to say, once i got my sewing machine, it got tossed to the side! it's nothing fancy, just a simple throw that will match one of our couches! hopefully i'll get this done by the end of the week!
and lastly, i was able to finish one project before my surgery! as i had mentioned, i've been making lots of baby blankets! one of my old co-workers has probably sent me about 6 orders within the last few months! (talk about baby boom!) and she even called yesterday to place ANOTHER order! and of course, every single one of them has been for a boy! i've had a thing for owls lately...why it's so hard to find any fun owl prints is beyond me! but i did snag this one (from joann's no less) and made this up for her!
here's an order i just finished up for a friend of an old co-worker! she had ordered several baby blankets from me in the past and it seems her friends have all loved them, so when she called to place an order for another baby blanket, she simply told me the name that had to go on it and said, "you pick everything else, i trust your taste!" sooooo...i hope she likes it!
i chose an animal print flannel and a mint green soft minky fabric for the backside. it's got a traditional batting inside. the baby's name is appliqued on the front and machine stitched for added durability. the blanket is also double topstitched. i love making these because they are a lot larger than those regular swaddling sized blankets and will last well through toddlerhood!
one of my old co-workers had emailed me asking for an order for some baby blankets. i told her i would loooove to make her some and gave her some suggestions as to what kind i think she'd like. she ended up choosing a blanket made of chenille on one side and cotton on the other. she also said she'd like for them to be personalized, as she wanted one for herself and another for her brother-in-law who just had a baby boy.
for the boy's blanket i chose a brown and blue polka dot print, with baby blue chenille. and for the personalization i had a small message embroidered on brown fabric, which was embellished with some leftover striped blue print that i had (which i unfortunately cannot find anymore!).
for her baby girl's blanket i decided to use one of my favorite prints that i've found at the local fabric store that i kept seeing on etsy but had a hard time finding myself! i'm glad i got a few yards of it, because it is now sold out again at the local joann's fabric! i personalized her message on some pink polka dot print, and also cut out some of the large flower print from some remnants i had and stitched them around the message. on the front side of the blanket, i had some cute fabric ribbon that said "hugs and kisses" that i thought would be cute to add to the blanket!
there are more pictures posted in the gallery. both blankets have a light batting to them, and i made them somewhat larger than most blankets at around 34 x 42inches. i figured this way the kids would be able to use them for a while!