All of the things
I asked Jack the other night at bedtime what his favorite part of the day was.
“You first,” he said.
“Hanging out with you,” I responded. “Okay, now it’s your turn, what about you?”
“All of the things were my favorite mama, all of the things.”
For a kid cooped up in the house for weeks on end now, how could I argue with that? We can play outside now! There are tractor rides and walks and the inaugural sand box unearthing with Grandma. Life is good at 4. And at 2. And 35.
We had friends over for dinner Friday night and the kids had a ball in Jamison’s bedroom pulling out all the old diaper rags and receiving blankets and over abundance of linens I have a compulsion to buy. When we orchestrated the kids to help fold and clean up all the blankets at the end of the night, I decided we probably didn’t still need 10+ receiving blankets in addition to all the other blankies we currently use and love.
So, Saturday morning I decided I was going to make something new out of all those unused receiving blankets just sitting folded up in a basket in Jamison’s room. If you are like me and have a hard time getting rid of some of the kids stuff, but also realize you can’t keep everything (or your normally kind and loving husband might give you the boot), this is the perfect solution. If you sew or know someone who can, keep your absolute favorites (clothes, dresses, blankets, onesies) anything you can’t part with and make a blanket out of them. You’d be surprised at how even the smallest piece of baby clothing can yield enough fabric to make a quilted square or add just the right splash of color. I’m not quite ready to do this with the boys clothes, but these receiving blankets, you betcha.
Here is what I started with:
And I put this together my favorite way, with no plan. I just ironed the blankets in half, cut long 3″ strips (because that was the width ruler I happen to have) and then started sewing them together in different combinations.
I had a couple of scrap pieces of flannel left from other projects and one large piece of flannel I found at St. Vincent’s for next to free. Here is what I came up with for the front.
This is my favorite way to create, just jump in and add things little by little like a puzzle until it looks just right. I have this theory about fabric. Sew 2 pieces of fabric together and somehow they magically meld together as if they were always meant to be. Perfect partners in design.
Here is some more inspiration for you if you’re interested in making a memory quilt.
Dust off your grills, rake out your flower beds and reunite yourself with the great outdoors.