Babies are so exciting to have around! It gives you a great excuse for making all of the cute things that you pin all the time and can't handle their cuteness.
The new baby in my life is getting lots of cute things I have wanted to make. First off I am staying in the swing of using up scraps and made some squares. They are simple and easy to get a fun quilt topper done. The beau picked out the fabric because it is for his nephew.
I put these squares end to end randomly and sewed strips then sewed the strips together making sure to lock in the stitches.
Locking in stitches: when you sew squares this is a great way to keep the corners together and flush. First you make two strips then you iron the strips down making sure that the back newly sewn seems are going in the same direction. The next strip will have the seems ironed in the opposite direction. Before you pin the seems together to be sewn you line up the corners. With each of the seams going in opposite directions they should slide together and kind of lock in like puzzle pieces. Sometimes this takes a little rolling of the fingers over the seem until they fit into place.
Here is the border to make a good contrast for the squares.
Then I backed it with flannel and did the stitch in the ditch method.
I then found some fun flannel for the backing and finished it all up. When I got done I realized it was leaning toward the hipster side of baby quilts. I guess that's okay considering the baby is on the West coast, I suppose he needs some hipster stuff to fit in :)
The next thing I made was a swaddle blanket. It was kind of a trial run and I used the advice from: http://aaronandmisha.com/2012/05/02/diy-baby-shower-gift-baby-swaddler/
To form a pattern and see if I liked how it worked. I think it turned out really well. The real test will be if we can fit a 9lb baby into it for long enough to make it useful!