I had all these plans for crafting projects in the weeks before Ian Archer's birth, but even though he dilly-dallied for a week before making his grand appearance I didn't quite get around to finishing them all. OK, I only managed to finish one, but I did at least make pretty good headway on another: a baby quilt, which I was able to finish just after his birth when I was still riding my oxytocin high and not yet exhausted from sleepless nights with a newborn. (Although, to be fair, this babe has given us precious few of those. He's been wonderful.)
I only finished sewing his big brother's baby quilt around his first birthday, so I consider the fact that I was able to finish this one while Ian Archer was only 10 days old quite an accomplishment. Unfortunately, I can't say as much for my sewing. Again, I can't seem to sew a straight line to save my life, and I'm still not too keen on the fabric selection. I had wanted something very different from Colin's quilt--something colourful and vintage-looking. But since the Heather Ross fabric I had my heart set on over at Spoonflower was all sold out, and since I have no talent for choosing colours (I missed that course requirement for my art major), I left it up to the professionals and bought a quilt bundle from the talented folks over at Fabricworm.
And, oh, it was colourful all right. Maybe a little too colourful. For the first few days after I finished it, it sort of hurt my eyes. I guess I still prefer newborns to be swathed in pastels. But it does have the advantage of coordinating really well with the primary-colour/zoo-animal theme in the boys' room (not that Ian Archer spends any time in there just yet, he's still bunking-in with us). And aren't infants supposed to get a lot of healthy mental stimulation from busy patterns? Well, if so, he'll be plenty stimulated.
I do have it in the back of my head to try making another quilt, perhaps with a more simple pattern, and I've already got my eye on some beautiful fabric that's set to be released next month ...
Am I crazy? Probably, but feel free to send me your ideas for a new quilt pattern to try, though nothing on a log-cabin pattern, please. Even I'm not that crazy.