Now that we’ve passed the 20-week mark, I’ve gotten the itch to start sewing for Stitch. I’ve been collecting little projects here and there, plus I still have some that I’d purchased to make for Patrick that I want to finish for Stitch. I cleaned up my sewing table on Monday, and got to work.

I started with something quick and easy–a practice burp cloth (using the Cloud9 tutorial), using some Kokko double-gauze designed by Heather Ross that I’ve been hoarding and some luscious terry cloth. I’d pre-washed the double-gauze when I purchased it, so I wanted to make sure it would shrink evenly with the terry cloth. It turned out beautifully and so fabulously soft. I picked up some more terry cloth today, so I hope to have at least 12 burp clothes by the end of the weekend.

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I’m also using the Kokko double-gauze and Shannon Embrace double-gauze (dots and purple) to make swaddle blankets. They’re going to be soft and wonderful for Stitch!

Photo Credit: Shannon Fabrics

Photo Credit: Shannon Fabrics

About a month ago, I attended a Cuddle workshop with Mary Gay Leahy at Quilter’s Way. I was hoping it would jump-start my projects, and I added a few to my pile (the swaddle blankets from above and the hooded towel below) while there. I have mad love for Shannon’s hooded towel pattern, and will be making it in the fabrics below (Shannon’s Go Fish Cuddle, terry cloth, and Robert Kaufman’s Remix Oval’s by Ann Kelle). I might have to figure out how to make one for myself too!

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I also won a giveaway drawing from Shannon Fabrics, hosted by Martha Pullen. I was kind of shocked. I never win anything, but I did. I’m taking it as a good sign for the pregnancy. The giveaway was for a kit to make a self-binding blanket with Embrace and Cuddle, as well as two 12″ loveys. Stitch is going to have the softest blankies!

Photo Credit: Shannon Fabrics

Photo Credit: Shannon Fabrics

Close-up of the darling fabrics. I love that they have giraffes!

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I have two projects that I got originally to make for Patrick that I’ll finish for Stitch. The first is another self-binding receiving blanket, using Robert Kaufman’s flannel, designed by Ann Kelle. These blankets whip up so quickly. If you need a quick baby gift, I cannot recommend the tutorial for this blanket enough. I love the whimsical animals and bright orange. The orange will be the border.

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Lastly, I’ll finally be making my ladybug diaper bag. I’m using the same pattern (Lola Bea Diaper Bag pattern) I used for my sister-in-law’s diaper bag a few years ago, but it will be quite different with the ladybugs, I think. I’m also using Annie’s Soft & Stable instead of fusible fleece and Decor Bond. I’m hoping making that change doesn’t make me pull my hair out.

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And here’s my fabulous Kokko canvass stamped ladybugs. I’ve maybe been hoarding this fabric for the perfect project as well. The purple you see in the corners is what I intended to use for lining and the ruffle, but I’m thinking about lining the bag in PUL instead. I’m going to keep thinking on that one for a bit. Seems like it might be easier to wash spills, etc. if the lining was PUL.

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Those projects should keep me busy for six weeks, or so. Then I have several more projects plotting in my head, including Stitch’s quilt. I’m hoping to get Lloyd to help me design something really special and unique for our sweet little one.

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