The last two weeks of a pregnancy are fraught with uncertainty and excitement. Discomfort and a little fear. Relief and trepidation.
Plus some preparing….if you call loading up on some healthy junk food from costco for dad to feed the other kids, sticking my box of homebirth stuff in the bedroom, and pulling out all the hand me down infant clothes I could find “preparing”……oh and the dogfish head beer I squirreled away as my after childbirth treat. Hahaha Priorities
One of the manifestations of my preparation urges is a new handmade organic baby blanket, all sewn up and ready for my boy to snuggle in. Plus a matching one for his cousin who was just born recently. Somehow my sister and I managed to get pregnant at almost the same time twice in a row!
And that lion fabric? I designed it! On the other side is a Charley Harper print, which is perfect because Hawthorne’s baby quilt is made with a previous print of his from Birch Fabrics. Now that I go looking, I apparently never blogged about it. What the heck, person who blogs their creations?! I dug up a couple of old shots of it for you though.
Omg, husband. Just stop with your hotness.
And now we can also all cry about how tiny Hawthorne was in this photo.
As the current reigning baby of the family, Hawthorne was more than happy to help me model the softness and cuteness of the blankets. Plus, any excuse to get his ridiculous lashes into a blog post.
This boy, you guys. This boy. He squeezes all of our poor hearts with his adorable ways every day. A blessing and gift from God to us.
He also kind of knows it too.
Rather than going the total quilt direction with the blankets, I decided to start a project I’d actually have time to finish. I went with a yard of organic interlock on one side and Birch Charley Harper double gauze on the other, bound with organic baby rib.
Wildly soft and cuddly. The whole family approves/is jealous. My husband said that if he were to design his own blanket when we was little, it would feel like this. I’ll collect my radness award now, thanks. Haha.
My Fabric Designs is a new site like spoonflower, where you can upload your own artwork or designs and have it printed on various types of fabrics they carry. They offered to give me a credit to use in their store, which I gladly accepted, and then got to work learning how to make a repeating pattern with some iPad art I’d created for the project.
I’ll admit that I really know nothing about designing fabric. What works best, or scale or how to create something that prints well. Despite all of that, I really like how the print came out, and it’s kind of crazy to look at it and know that I actually designed my own fabric for my baby.
On top of that, the organic interlock is dreamy to the touch.
I designed one other knit, but that’s a blog post for another day ^_^ Poor Hawthorne is actually the only one who got nothing made for him out of this round of fabric designing. His sisters got the other one for Easter shirts. Judging by the fact that he kept hovering around my ironing board asking which of the fabrics was for him, I’d say he knows he got snubbed too. Don’t worry, little prince! You’ll get yours on the next round.
The Charley Harper is my second double gauze from Birch, and definitely not my last. So nice! I also made Clover a skirt in their Poppies print
Next up will be the aforementioned Easter shirts! And then I bet I’ll have some kind of super fresh newborn baby shot to throw out there shortly after……