LOTS of changing pads

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When I had my second baby, I made myself a changing pad.  It took a lot of time because I made up the pattern as I went along.  My sister-in-law, Beth, saw it and wanted one for her pregnant sister-in-law, so I made a second.  More recently, Beth became pregnant, and the above changing pad is for her.  She really likes neutral colors, and this is a similar style to the baby quilt I made for my new little nephew.  For this cover, though, I used a quilt-as-you-go method.

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Around the same time, I also had a double baby shower to attend, and since the grandmother-to-be is also a quilter, I didn’t want to make a quilt as I normally would, so I decided to make changing pads instead.  One was for a girl, and the other for a boy.

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The above pad is for my best friend, Laura.  She’s having the girl and wanted to do her nursery with Julie Rothman’s Ride fabrics, but her husband didn’t like it, so she went another direction.  At least she gets to use these sweet little bicycles some other way!

 

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This next one is for a little boy, and the mother liked aqua and orange.  I was hoping this would turn out boyish enough, and I think it could really be gender neutral, but I love the way the QAYG method looks with these changing pads. 

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I’ve learned quite a lot about making changing pads after this round.  I made mine a lot thicker and more padded, but they work much better with only one layer of batting.  I’ve also found I prefer oilcloth for the inside instead of the cotton laminate, which is more expensive.  If I make more in the future, I’m sure I’ll get even better (and faster!) at the process.  I really need to make myself some cutting guidelines.  As it is, I just remeasure my own changing pad every time, but that definitely takes some extra time!

A Pillow for Amy

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My friend recently had a second trimester miscarriage.  The baby had a genetic disorder, and my poor friend and her husband knew for a while before they lost the baby that the pregnancy most likely would end in the first or second trimester.  I can’t imagine how painful it is for them, but they’ve handled […]

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Jodi’s Quilt

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I finally have a new finish to share!  My good friend Jodi had a birthday today, and I’ve been working on this quilt all week as my gift to her.  It was a down-to-the-wire finish.  In fact, it came out of the dryer slightly damp, so I had to wait until the afternoon to take […]

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Modern She Made Swap Package

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  This swap was all about hexagons—WAY out of my comfort zone!  For whatever reason, I never jumped on the hexie trend.  I had seen a little English Paper Piecing with hexies at a quilt shop, but I didn’t see the process start to finish and didn’t think I’d have the patience, so I just […]

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Potholders—Handmade Teacher Gifts

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My son recently moved up to the next age group in his Bible class at church.  I always try to give a goodbye gift to my kids’ teachers when they leave their class.  It takes so much effort to plan and teach classes at church, and I’m so grateful for their efforts throughout the year! […]

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Quick Baby Boy Quilt

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Whenever I need a quick baby quilt pattern, I almost always turn to Oh Fransson’s charm squares tutorial.  It’s a good way to use up scraps or charm packs, and it’s fast and easy.  It’s also pretty universally appealing.  It’s easy to switch out colors and fabrics to suit a particular person’s taste. I’ve had […]

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Baby Girl Monogram Quilt

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I found these quilts on the Riley Blake website a few months back and have been itching to find a time to use the tutorial.  The hard part about this quilt is knowing the baby’s name before a baby shower.  I tend to give my quilts in advance of the birth—never good to take a […]

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A Straight Line Quilting Disaster

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  I posted recently about the baby quilt I made for my nephew and how I ended up having to rip out the entire baby quilt’s worth of organic straight line quilting—not fun, in case you were wondering. I had a really hard time deciding how to quilt this because it’s all straight lines and […]

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My New Little Nephew’s Quilt

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My sister-in-law is pregnant with her first baby (so excited!), and she asked me to make the quilt for his bedroom.   She decided on neutrals with pops of navy, and the inspiration room she found on Pinterest is loaded with cute accents like deer antlers (that will be my brother-in-law’s contribution), driftwood, etc.  It’s going […]

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Girls’ Twin Quilts

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I just recently shipped these two matching twin quilts off to their new home.  These were ordered a couple of months ago for a girls’ room.  They were custom made, and I love the fabrics chosen.  The walls in the girls’ room are pink, and I think the aqua and white front will balance it […]

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