Soon after my DIL Raewyn found out she was pregnant, she called and asked if I would do her a favor.
“Sure”, I said. “Want me to climb a mountain, swim a sea?”
I’d do just about anything for the mother of my sixth grandbaby.
“No, I would just like you to make the baby a blanket.”
Say no more, say no more, nudge nudge, wink, wink. Gammy is on it!
Her only request was she wanted it to match the nursery, which is yellow and gray. Also, she doesn’t like things that are overly girly. No problem.
Only, it did turn out to be a bit of a challenge. Although I think yellow and gray is pretty together… extremely calming and soothing… which is a pretty smart combo for a child’s room… I was having trouble finding fabrics that I thought were appropriate for a baby/young child, to warm up to. Most of the yellow and gray combos were very modern and chic, not at all what I had in mind for a baby. After all, this blankie will soothe her when she’s frightened, comfort her when she is sick, and be a constant companion.
After several failed attempts, I came up with a combo that I thought the wee Peanut would love. I added an olive green and tealy blue, with some flowered prints, and finally loved the combination. (If you want to read more about my blanket woes, you can read about it HERE.)
I chose a quilt pattern called “Disappearing Nine Patch”. It was easy to piece together and had a nice random look about it.
I’m calling this quilt “Gammy’s Hugs and Kisses” because when I went to hand quilt the blanket, I used circles (hugs) on the large squares and Xs (kisses) on the small squares. And although they weren’t needed, I added some yarn ties, because sometimes wee fingers just need something to play with!
So, the blanket is now done, I will mail it this morning, and Raewyn and Adam should have it in a couple days.
NOTE TO RAEWYN: Feel free to have the baby any time after you get the blankie 🙂
BTW… I will be sharing a tutorial on making the blanket some time this winter.