EVERYONE I know seems to be having babies! Three people at work, one relative, and at least three friends that I keep up with on Facebook. I'm starting to think that they're pumping some baby-inducing mixture into the air. And this doesn't even count people who have recently had babies. Sigh.
The net result of all these babies is two fold:
1. I have the baby bug. I have it bad. I want one (or five) and I want them now!
2. I get to make baby quilts! Not for everyone I know, but for enough of them that I've been keeping busy trying to get them done. If people are going to keep having this many babies, I'm going to petition for more hours in the day so I can keep up with making baby quilts!
I do think part of my problem is that I don't make "traditional" crib sized baby quilts. I want to make something that the child can use a little bit longer, thus I make quilts that are at least lap sized.
Here's the one that the Momcat and I are currently working on. We chose a pattern and the fabric over Christmas, and then she took it home to Nebraska to cut out the pieces. I'm still not quite sure this was an equal division of the labor.The pattern we're using is Clothesline Quilts by Elizabeth Hartman, shared kindly on her blog "Oh, Frannson!"
Momcat then mailed all of the pieces to me to sew together!
It's strip pieced, which does help for faster construction. (The light doesn't really do the fabrics justice here; they're quite festively pink!)
There are 81 of the nine-patch blocks, made in 9 sets of 9.
I've got 54 of them done and I just keep chugging along!
The Momcat arrives here on Sunday, as we head to Paducah for the American Quilter's Society quilt show next Tuesday. I think she'll get to sew some nine-patches herself while I'm at work on Monday!