New Mom Gift Basket

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On Friday, I got to go visit my friend and her new baby. I was taught to always bring food, but I wanted to bring her something just for her too. I quickly poked around on Pinterest and found a list at Happy Home Fairy that seemed like it had some good suggestions. I jotted down some suggestions and we hit Target to pick up some supplies.

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Rag Quilt: Big Eyed Owls

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I feel like this rag quilt allowed me to step out of my comfort zone a little. I love the combination of the fun and whimsical owl print with the floral teal. I paired it with purple gingham and a light blue dot to ensure that the colors still seemed baby appropriate. Here you can see how the teal and the blue match with the owls. I like that this quilt is clearly girly without much pink.

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Look at these cute giant owl eyes!  This fabric also frayed really well and made the pretty rag edges after just a single wash.SONY DSC SONY DSC

 

I hope the mom-to-be loves this quilt as much as I do!  Here it is ready to go to their house. (Just needs a giant bow!)

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Rag Quilt: Blue Birdies

This is the other blanket we’re making for the twin baby girls. I wanted fabric that had a similar feel, without being a complete copy of the Spring Kittens blanket.

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Even though I LOVE the completed blanket, when I look at the cut fabric, that blue is too much for me!  What do you think?

Rag Quilt - Blue Birds - Fabric Combinations

This is all the fabric you’ll need for a blanket. We use 18 big blocks, 17 long blocks, and 34 (2×17) small blocks. We cut squares back to back so there’s fabric on each side. One side looks just like a regular patchwork blanket, while the other has the “rag” effect since we snip the seems to help them fray.SONY DSC

I just love all the shades of pink in this little bird fabric. I know chevron is so 2013 (2012?) in home decor trends, but I think it’s such a fun pattern to include in the baby blankets. Here’s  a close-up of those chubby little birdies!  that front facing blue one is my favorite!

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Rag Quilt: Spring Kitten

Normally, I make these rag quilts for friends as baby shower gifts. This blanket (and another that I’ll share on the blog soon) is for a little baby girl and her twin sister. It took me so long to put these together, that we’ll have to count them as first birthday presents!

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Here the blanket is after we sewed all the patches into strips. Full disclosure: my mom helped extensively with the getting it-done portion of this rag quilt.

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We learned a while ago, that pressing the seams open makes the whole process go a LOT smoother. So now we just set up the iron and ironing board along with the sewing machine and do some pressing in-between. See how mess everything looks before a press & how nice it looks after?  Much easier to stitch together this way.

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These kittens are just  my favorite.

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And this is what it looks like all folded up and ready to be delivered – all it needs is a big bow!  (And a quilt for the twin sister too!)

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Happy Birthday Penelope!

Guess who is turning one today?!?

This adorable birthday card, courtesy of my parents, showed up in the mail for Penny!  What a spoiled grand-dog!

 

She also got a new harness and a new leash!  Here she is on our morning walk showing off her new accessories. What a stylish pup!

 

Oh yes, that’s most certainly a Burberry knock-off harness.  I COULD NOT RESIST!  I paired it with a bright red leash.  We don’t want to be too matchy matchy with a plaid leash too.

I can’t believe how much she’s grown.  This is the online picture we fell in love with.  Can you believe that they had trouble finding a home for her?  Apparently black dogs don’t sell well because they’re so hard to photograph.

And here she is, crazy hair and all, when we brought her home (at around 15 weeks).

 

Happy Birthday Penelope!