When I found out my brother and sister-in-law were expecting a baby, I couldn’t wait to get started on making gifts for them. Their Pinterest board was full of woodland creature themed decor so I went onto Fabric.com and searched for “woodland creature fabric” and loaded up my cart with everything that I thought might look good together. Then I edited it down and the above photo features what I finally decided on.
I’m not really a quilter. The only other quilt I’ve ever made was a crazy quilt back in sewing class sophomore year of high school. So this may not be the most conventional way to choose fabrics for a quilt, but it is the lazy (and too excited to get started) woman’s way of choosing quilting fabric. The fabrics I chose were:
- Dear Stella For Fox Sake Mixed Animals Peyote
- Art Gallery Hello Bear Buck Forest Silver
- Art Gallery Hello Bear Oh, Hello Fog
- Dear Stella Cold Comfort Woodland Dreams Multi
- Michael Miller House of Hoppington Frolic Fog
- Dear Stella Stay Wild Animal Vignettes White
- Cotton + Steel Magic Forst Squirrels Neutral
- Dear Stella Stay Wild Fox Bunny Floral Skylight
I brought my quilt top to Gotham Quilts in NYC for them to do the quilting on their long arm machine because, again, I was too lazy and excited to get it done.
I love the fabric I used for the backing of this quilt. I originally ordered it from Miss Matatabi last Black Friday with intentions of making a Fen Dress out of it. But once I received it in the mail, I felt like it was too perfect to make a baby blanket out of and stashed it away. Little did I know my brother and sister-in-law would be making their announcement only a few months later!
I was actually working on this very quilt the day our downstairs neighbor (who played loud music at all times of the day) came storming up to our apartment and told me I “couldn’t” have my sewing machine anymore. We moved out a month later. So I guess this baby has already changed our lives for the better!
My sister-in-law had pinned a Boppy Pillow slip cover from Etsy with fabric I recognized from JoAnn. So I offered to make it because I knew it would be much cheaper if I did. Then I realized that that fabric was sold out on their website but I think this Robert Kaufman fabric is much cuter anyway. I used a pattern I found online to make it but I can’t find where I got it from for the life of me! Luckily there’s so many tutorials on how to make these online if you just search “boppy pillow cover pattern.” For some reason, I just can’t locate the exact pattern I used. I do remember the blog post stated that it would need to be fit and adjusted to the pillow so I had it sent to my apartment so that I could fit my new cover over it instead of having it sent directly to the mom and dad-to-be.
One of the images on my sister-in-law’s Pinterest board had the most beautiful embroidery hoops with different animals on them. I am not the best at drawing, so I ordered a kit to make these hoops from TataSol on Etsy. I’m very bad at checking dimensions on things before I order them. So I was surprised at how small these were when I received them in the mail (about 2″ in diameter) but I think being so tiny makes them even more adorable.
And last but not least, a pair of hand knit socks for the my sister-in-law because the mom-to-be deserves a homemade gift as well! She is doing most of the heavy lifting, after all! (Sorry, brother!) These are my own two feet modelling the socks because there was a knit-along going on for this sock pattern (the basecamp socks by Kaylee Lockhart) hosted by Fancy Tiger Crafts and I wanted to share them before it ended on September 25th. The best part is that the pattern is free on their website!
And there you have it! I was glad to have these projects to keep me busy while we anticipate the arrival of my future niece or nephew. Thankfully, work will be busy for the next couple of months to distract me because time always goes seems to go so much slower when you’re excited about something!