Quick Quilts For Babies

We seem to have a few friends who have just had babies or are about to have them. I always think that handmade gifts are a lovely keepsake and I like to give them whenever I can.  I’ve made a couple of simple blankets in the past and have liked the way that the basic patchwork ones turn out.

We have a new quilting & yarn shop in the next city over from ours…when I say city, it makes it seem like a good old distance to drive but Fairhope is only 10 minutes from where we live.  It has a beautiful downtown area with lots of little independent stores that we like to support.  In The Making opened a few months ago and I believe they have a store open in Birmingham, Alabama also.

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Our 0-3 Month Old Essentials

As new parents we found it hard to decide what we needed for Rosie.  Most of my pregnancy was spent researching products and deciding what to buy.  I came across quite a few posts that would list items but not say why they were useful.  So here I am making my own little post sharing why we loved these items.  If you have any more suggestions, please leave them in the comments below. I would love to hear what worked for you too!

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When we came home with Rosie, we camped out in our living room with this Pack N Play.  When looking for things for her to sleep in, we wanted something that was easy to move and practical.  We liked this Graco Pack N Play with the napper as the bassinet flipped over into a little reclined seat.  My thought was that if she didn’t like napping in one of the options, there were 2 more to try!  Over time, she progressed from napping in the bassinet to sleeping on the big mattress underneath.  I think this was great for us to use to transition her into her own bedroom crib.  Another well used feature was the changing mat.  We could get all of our supplies in the pockets at the side and the mat itself was completely waterproof, which we were glad of multiple times!
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Sew Over It Blossom Dress

The Sew Over It Blossom pattern was gifted to me recently by Camilla and I knew that I wanted to include it in my #2018MakeNine plans.

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The first step in production was to get the pattern and instructions printed off as this is a PDF pattern.  I always prefer to have a paper copy of instructions to flick through as I’m sewing.  When printing the actual pattern though, I came across my first problem.  I had downloaded the file for US size letter paper.  Paper in the US isn’t A4 like in the UK…crazy!  Anyway, I could not get the test square to print the size it needed to be.  It was either at least 0.5 cm over or 1cm under, and I tried at least 8 different printing options.  I ended up just going for the setting that was the closest measurement but it was a little bigger than it needed to be.

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