I've got 18 out of 36 of these suckers pieced, so I thought I'd show you a little sneak peek. I'm really happy with how they look, although this picture doesn't really accurately show how bright the colors are. (Like that beige looking one, it's really celery green.)
It took a little more thought than I had anticipated to organize my strips into blocks to put together. There are three different widths and 6 fabrics (out of 9 colors) in each, and the pattern in the book calls for each one to have the widths in the same arrangement with the widest in the middle. I couldn't do that while keeping my color spectrum generally in order, so my widths are all mixed up in each block. But that is turning out really cool, and I think it will be more striking to stick to my orange-to-blue spectrum. This part of the process is definitely making me more excited and impatient to see the finished product.
When I showed Nick my first couple of blocks, he said it looked too rainbow-y. Thanks Debbie Downer. There's no red or purple, so it's not a full rainbow, just OY G B. So there. I think it actually looks more like a color scheme you would see on a vintage 80's puffy jacket or surfer shirt or something.
In other news, I kind of forgot that I had made this swaddler for Elsie until yesterday. I had been just wrapping her in a plain old blanket, (how primitive) but I finally put her in it for one of her naps and she drifted off instantly. Then I put it in her at night and she slept a full TWO AND A HALF HOURS MORE than she had the night before. WHAT? Can this be solely attributed to the swaddler? I don't want to know, but this is definitely my new go-to gift for friends having babies.
And after she woke up, she was the happiest ever and was full-on giggling. LOVE. HER.