Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Quilt Blocks and Sleep Regrets

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.


  1. The quilt looks amazing!! And love your swaddle blanket fabric. Baby girl, is pretty adorable too!

  2. Love the blocks, can't wait for more. Good news about sleeping and the swaddler, and it's so cute, or maybe it's just that Elsie's so cute.

  3. I'm loving the way those blocks look! Simple and sleek

  4. Oh, yes, it could definitely be the swaddler! I obviously have no business voting on the rainbowness of any item. Everything I touch seems to turn to rainbows...

  5. must be organized! Kids, crafty projects...newborn, I'm jealous. Anyway...I haven't said Congrats Congrats, she's adorable. Since our eBook is for Bedtime, maybe I should find out more about the swaddling thing...maybe it is the secret to sleeping!

  6. I think it's the swaddling cloth... Its too precious not to sleep well in!


  7. yay! I'm so glad you commented on my blog and now I've found yours! I'm a little obsessed. Not good considering I'm stretched a little thin right now with way too many things under my belt. up late at night finding new things to make on your blog instead of sleeping! ah! so excited to get my twin sewing machine to your soon! yay!


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