My nesting projects have been going on with the energy boost I'd been waiting for in the first two trimesters finally seeming to arrive! Last night I finished a (gigantic) baby blanket I'd been working on.
This blanket shows my mind's complete inability to create something with a random look. I cut out all the squares for this quilt and sat down without an idea of how it would turn out and started sewing. The plan was to just randomly grab fabric and sew it together. But then I started alternating minky and flannel on the front... and from there the random idea became a total fail.
However, I am happy with how it turned out! It's very soft and warm. I used the $2.99 flannel that was on sale at Joann's a few weeks ago and while, at the time, I wasn't thrilled with the selection of boy prints that our store had, I do like how the fabrics turned out when I put them together. I wasn't planning on making it quite as big as it is, but when I alternated each sports fabric one time it ended up being about 50 inches across (and I made it square).
Here's the front:
And here is the back:
I also picked up three $2.50 pillows at Walmart last week to lean against when I'm on my birthing ball and to bring to the hospital. I've been stalking the minky section in our local fabric store (as you may be able to tell from my most recent creations) waiting for minky sales. If minky is on sale AND I have a coupon that works with the sale, I'll stock up. I had minky set aside for the pillow cases, but since I bought way, way too much flannel, and still have quite a bit of minky squares left over from the blanket, I decided to go with sports pillow cases that could be used when The Boy is older and moves into a big boy bed.
I pulled out one of the pillows and started sewing strips, making two overlapping panels for the back with plain flannel. Then I sewed it together, hoping the pillow would actually fit.
And here's the back, with the edges overlapping by almost a full square:
I'm planning on using the soccer fabric with green minky and the football fabric with the brown minky to make two more pillows tonight after bedtime, before getting to work on my next "oh-my-goodness-the-baby-is-almost-here-and-there's-so-much-I-want-to-do!!!" project.
And so that's what's been keeping me busy at night here while Paul's reading assignments have picked up so that he's reading late into the night. I cannot believe how quickly October is going by. That last month hasn't seemed to drag quite like it did with my first pregnancy, for these last two! Instead I find myself hoping baby stays put while I get things ready!