I have two friends who are having babies, one this month in November and one due just before Christmas.
The one friend doesn't know if it's a boy or a girl as they chose not to know the sex of the baby during their ultrasound. They are going with browns and neutral colors for the nursery. So I am going to make several items after the baby is born to be more gender specific. But for her shower I made some unisex items.
I call these quilts my quick and easy strip quilts. I made it start to finish in a day, but I worked pretty much non-stop. It is machine quilted along all the borders. I also don't use batting, and prefer to just make the top piece and back with it polar fleece. This way it's a nice year round quilt the child can snuggle up with later when he/she is older.
More picts of the quilt close up can be found here on photobucket. I use albums for different projects.
Then I also made her a matching diaper changing pad to shove in her diaper bag or to use at home on the changing table. It has the giraffe print on the back.
Plus some burp cloths. I used flannel for the top and cotton terry for the back. She really likes them and wants me to make more for her.
Then the wife of my son's taekwondo teacher although she helps out with class when she isn't at the hospital delivering babies herself is having a baby this month. So I made a quilt for them. I chose this fabric because taekwondo is a big part of their life and I know their son will be taking classes as soon as he is old enough!
This is just a quick cell phone pict as I haven't had the time to lay it out to take the pictures I normally take.
Then this week yet or weekend I will be using a infant layette pattern and using white flannel but redrafting the top a bit on the pattern. I want to make it a bit more similar to the style of the taekwondo dobok they wear. White flannel so it will be soft and perfect for a newborn. But because it's a gift and not something I would ever sell because of copyright legal issues, I'm going to scan my son's patches and print them on iron on transfer paper to make it look a bit more like an ATA dobok. I don't want to sew on patches because that takes away the comfort issue for a newborn. I want it to be soft and flexible. But it's a gift. The one thing their Master always tells the kids as my son is in the first beginners class for youth (he tests for camo belt saturday) but he tells the other white belts that everyone including himself once started as a white belt, and that it takes practice to achieve goals. Any goals, black belt included. He's 7th degree black belt. So I haven't decided if I'm going to make it with a white belt or a baby blue belt because it's going to be for a little boy..... But it shouldn't take me long to whip that out once I have time to sew.
Okay off to the kitchen to work on my orders for the day from my customers for the items I do make and sell......
Oh and both new mama's and baby get their own bath and body products that I did make myself. Plus some wonderful bastile soap for the new baby that is unscented, made with coconut milk and coconut water with only olive oil, shea butter and castor oil for the oils. Unscented and aged about 2 1/2 years now, so it will be wonderful stuff for the baby's skin! Castile and bastile soaps are best when they are over a year old otherwise the lather is more slimy when it's too fresh!