Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A New Boy Quilt.


I have to make another boy quilt. Actually, this is one of those moments where I should say, I get to make another boy quilt, especially since the recipient is very near and dear to my heart, and I haven't even met him. Friends, I found out I was pregnant late last fall, and yesterday, I found out the little bean is a boy bean, who we'll be calling Fava Bean until we have a proper name for him. I tried to think up a witty and charming way to tell you this, but preggo brain has fully set in, and I'm functioning on joy and elation and very little sleep. (And I can't even have coffee to deal with it, nor do I want it because of heartburn.) 

This baby *has* to have an amazing quilt. I had just started quilting when I was pregnant with my second son, and I didn't feel like I had the skill set, the inspiration, and the right idea to make him a baby quilt. That sounds crazy, I know, but I knew that a super awesome amazing baby quilt was in the works for him, so it's not like he was quiltless. But this baby? There is no excuse not to make him a quilt. How many baby quilts have I made? Sixteen! Including one of my all time favorite quilts, my niece's quilt. My own new kidlet deserves some of my work.

But now, what to make him? (No, really. What do I make him????) Above truck fabric is merely a prop; it's being used for my older two kidlets. I considered using one of my all time favorite fabrics, my dancing monkeys fabric, with a bunch of yummy solids using this tutorial. But I dunno. I can't decide how I'd connect the blocks, and do I really love that idea a whole bunch? Or am I just making it work?

Then, I saw THIS QUILT at {no} hats in the house, and since I'm seriously smitten with it, I'm considering making something like it. Except, not white, because while I LOVE how fierce the white looks on Sarah's version, white and my children are not friends. (True story: my youngest had peanut butter on his hands the other day, and he used my husband's not yet bound quilt to wipe them off. The poor man hasn't even gotten to use his quilt yet because I'm slacking on getting it done, and the quilt has already been inaugurated with PB smears.)

Life has gotten interesting these past few months, but I'm excited about it. It feels very very full! There has been lots of organization in trying to make our house ready for another kid, and I've been trying to simplify and reduce, as well as get done a ton of outstanding projects because who knows what will happen come late summer! Thanks for letting me share this with you! And if you have any amazing boy quilt ideas or good fabric lines, let me know. I'm really not set on anything just yet.

16 comments:

  1. Congrats Audrey!! Super news. Welcome to the world of three, where you are always outnumbered!

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  2. CONGRATS!!!!!! I might have to share this with all of the Stash Bee so that they are EXTRA nice to you! :)

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  3. Eee! Congrats!! I wish I could tell you a brilliant idea for a baby boy quilt, but I'm coming up with nothing. Doesn't help that I've never made a baby quilt at all :P But you're brilliant and wonderful and I know you'll come up with something perfect!

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  4. Oh my goodness!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So exciting that there is a little man on his way to you. Congratulations! And my goodness, won't three boys be a handful :-) in the best possible way, of course :-P
    Audrey, huge excitement on my end of the keyboard. Give your tummy a little pat and tell Fava that that noise he can hear is some crazy lady in Australia, but she just very excited about him.
    A quilt for Fava... Let me think on it. I will go through my Pintrest and see if there is anything that screams your name. And you're right about white on baby quilts. Looks pretty for about 6 minutes and then life sets in. It's a no go in my brain.
    Congrats!!!!!!!
    E xxxx

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  5. Eeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

    I'm so excited for you :) Hello Fava Bean - congratulations to all of you! This is so brilliant.

    Ok, yes, Sarah's quilt is completely amazing. It would make a beautiful baby quilt, with definitely less white because children, as you said!

    Ok, this might be overload but one of my oldest friends is pregnant right now and I'm currently second guessing my way through making her a quilt (she said colourful and applique animal, after prompting). But I got really excited when I heard her news too so I've been stockpiling baby ideas on a board on pinterest.

    Hang on till I figure how to link that here on my phone...

    Nope, didn't work, I'll email the board to you from Pinterest!!

    Congratulations again!!!! I really am uber delighted for you, xx

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  6. Congrats! I just found out today that I'm having a boy too..and one of the first things on the list was the quilt. (I really hope to finish it before he arrives, but we'll see.) I think the room theme is going to be maps, so I'm going to make a treasure map.
    Congrats again! Hope things are going well.

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  7. How many baby quilts have I made? Sixteen!
    Gosh, I read that as "How many babies have I made?" and I thought You have 16 kidlets?!?! haha! Congrats on little Fava!! That quilt will be amazing for a little boy, though the white certainly would be a worry with sticky hands in the house :)

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    1. Hahaha. That is AWESOME. And I think I would cry. No, if I had sixteen kids, I would have my own TV show and no time to quilt at all! Thank you so much! We're so excited about Fava, and he hasn't even made his big appearance yet! As to colors...I'm leaning towards navy blue, but I'm trying not to let my current navy obsession answer for me. I'm not sure I'm going to win that battle. :)

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  8. Congratulations!!!! How exciting for you another little baby!! I LOVE the quilt with the arrows you liked! I think it would look good in navy blue with bright colors for the arrows!

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  9. CONGRATS!!! What great news, I'm so excited for you and your family. I'm totally into that quilt with the arrows and FEATHERS. :) I know you'll feel inspired to make him something great! Enjoy your nesting!

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  10. No suggestions on the baby quilt, but Congratulations! How exciting :D

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    1. Yay! Thank you! We're really really excited! :)

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  11. Congratulations Audrey!!!! That's such wonderful news. Also, your comment re the white was cracking me up :) Whatever you decide can't wait to see what you create for the little babe -- it's going to be so so good!

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  12. Congratulations! That's great news. Three is awesome. I have three and I like it. A few of my friends have three boys, noisy and fun!

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