It's shameless commerce Tuesday. Today I'm featuring two baby girl items: a baby blanket with Hoo's In The Forest fabric by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake Designs, and a smaller baby quilt featuring Hoo's In The Forest charm squares, also by Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake Designs.
I used to watch the late Bob Ross's painting show on public TV, and he always talked about "happy little trees." Well, I think these pink trees with multicolored leaves are definitely happy little trees.
When my oldest son was a toddler, we drove by some blooming apple trees one day, and he said, "Look, Mom! Pink trees!!!" This fabric also reminded me of that. Now he's all grown up with a preschooler and a second grader of his own. On their visit to the Black Hills this summer, the 3-year-old looked at Mt. Rushmore and said, "Look, Dad! GUYS!!!" So in our family, Mt. Rushmore will forever be known as "The Guys."
The baby girl patchwork quilt is 27.5" x 27.5" – definitely on the small size, but perfect for a preemie, a younger baby, or as a take-along blankie. It has cotton batting and French fold (double thick) plaid binding. The backing is pink and white checked lightweight flannel. I tied it at each block intersection with six strands of pink embroidery floss.
The 32" x 32" blanket has a solid piece of high quality cotton fabric on the top, and a soft, cuddly pink fleece backing. The layers are stitched together with two rows of topstitching. There's no batting or binding, so it's not a quilt. The fleece provides warmth without being too heavy. If you'd like to make your own fabric and fleece blanket, here's a terrific tutorial by Jera, author of the Quilting in the Rain blog: http://quiltingintherain.blogspot.com/2011/07/easy-baby-blankets.html.
These small blankies are a handy size. Receiving blankets can be too small or too thin. Crib quilts can be too big to be easily portable. This size is just right to cover a car seat/carrier, to keep in a stroller, or to pack along in the diaper bag as a soft cushion on the go. (Those plastic drop-down changing tables are great—but not soft, and probably not always clean!) A blanket this size also creates a soft space on a hardwood tile floor where baby can safely roll over and sit. AND, it would be a much appreciated baby shower gift – pretty and practical.
You can find them in my Etsy shop—just check the scrolling shop widget in the left-hand column of this blog, or visit the Baby Quilts section of my shop at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/pasqueflower. I'll be adding more baby blankets before the holidays, some with Minky (soft plush) backs.
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