We have a new great-nephew and I'm glad to say his gifts are on their way to him.
When we heard the great news, I went to Amazon and ordered our kids' and grandkids'favorite books. So along with the quilt and the name banner, there are books! Yummers! and April Rabbits - old favorites of A & L . Pout Pout Fish and The Giant Hug - favorites of Miss P and Mr M. Mr D, being only 14 months hasn't really picked his favorites yet!! I love adding our favorite books to baby gifts. And Amazon makes it so-o easy to find the older books from private sellers. If you don't mind 5 different packages coming to your house!!
And by the way ..., thank goodness for flat rate boxes at the post office!! Everything fit in the large flat rate, I did email them and tell them to be careful opening the box because there is a quilt STUFFED in it!! No sharp blades, please!
They have a jungle theme for his room and since I just made a jungle quilt for DGS; I knew what fabrics were available locally and picked them up. Then I wiffle-waffled about what pattern to make - for 9 months, apparently!!
When I finally figured out the problem was the large patchwork animals fabric I'd bought for the front stripes was too big and uneven. I simply moved it to the back and moved the back to the front for the stripes and it went together like a dream.
I used Maryquilts.com
'quick strippie' quilt pattern to make it. All her patterns are listed down the right edge of the website. There are loads of good ones - check them out! I did add borders because I wanted it a 'skootch' bigger. I also put the narrow stripe on the top and bottom - mostly because I didn't notice I wasn't supposed to! Sounds like me, doesn't it!!
The back is the large print and I think you'll see why I switched it!
These animals are adorable ... but, at least on my fabric, not printed exactly straight! There was at least an inch drop in the lion's placement. My DH joked that the monkey was a baby picture of him. He did have those ears when young!! So I wrote on the label, "Uncle R says the monkey is his baby picture ... he just wanted you to know!!!"
When I measured the border, the inside measurement was 37.5" x 59.25". Hmmm, have I mentioned how much I HATE math??? But I remembered the old method of using adding machine tape for borders. You get a roll of it [this is the hardest part!!!], roll out the length of your border. Then simply fold it in half again and again until you have the size you're looking for. No measuring or math! If you have an even number of sections your border will start and end on the same side - /\/\/\/\ if it's odd you end up with /\/\/\/\/\/
I laid the tape down the middle of my border and then marked the segments with Washable Crayola Markers on the sides. Then using the same washable marker I drew my lines with my ruler connecting the dots. You can 'eyeball' it but I like the safety net of having the line marked. When you're done - throw the paper away!!! You've got plenty in reserve with the rest of the roll!!!
I LOVE ice cream cone shape borders because they are continuous! When I get to a corner, I sew from the inner border to the corner and back up the same line. Cheating a little, but then I don't have to start and stop with more knots to deal with. And it frames any quilt so well!
The last thing for our new family member was a name banner. I've made 4? of these and just love them. Scrappy, bright and cheerful - what's not to love! The parents can hang it on the baby's wall, door, on a wall with lots of pictures of the baby. Or they can tack it to a pillow. OR-R in my daughter's case, they can be in the doll drawer, used for doll blankies!!
I love this alphabet - it comes from an out-of-print book "Everything Quilts". I sized it down to have the background squares be half of a nickel square. So those background squares are 5" x 2.5" You want your letter to pretty much fill the square. Large letters, W and M for example can edge over into the next square too. You just don't want the backgrounds too big or the letters are little islands and don't make a word! Ask me how I know this!! And by the way, did I have to learn it on lengthy names?? Yes, I did!
If one name is longer than the other; just fill in the extra space with a star or a toy shape. Something simple and easily recognized.
I machine blanket stitch around each letter with a matching thread. Through all 3 layers so I'm quilting it at the same time. And I love these little banners! It's a fun and easy gift to give!