After the last few weeks, I really was looking for happy-baby things to stop worrying about all the stupid screening stuff. So that weekend I ran the Running with the Cows half marathon as planned. Then I took to the kitchen to bake, which is always fun for me. I made baby-themed cookies to officially tell the neighbors (even though they already knew) and a second batch to take in to the office to tell my co-workers.
And in my new found mommy-bliss, I also decided I was going to make a crib blanket. I still can't explain why. I've never made a quilt. Before Christmas, I didn't own or have any experience with a sewing machine. In fact, the only thing that I had sewn thus far was some seriously ugly curtains that were a gag gift for my neighbor. But baby quilt seemed like a good idea, so baby quilt it is.
Since we didn't know if Peanut was a boy or girl yet, I picked penguins. Again, I have no real reason for any of this other than it had nothing to do with screenings or risk factors. I found a baby penguin cartoon I liked and sketched out a pattern. Here's the cartoon that I used.My plan is to have 11 black and white penguins and 1 orange and white penguin. Since I don't have any quilting experience and I've never been one to do things the easy way, I decided not only would I make a quilt, but I'd applique the penguins! Distraction I wanted, and distraction I created.
The main reason I want to make a blanket is that I had a blanket my grandmother made me that I just loved as a kid. It was light green with a panda on the front and was flannel on the back. It was a perfect blanket for watching movies or taking naps on the couch. I remember how much I loved that blanket and I want my Peanut to have something like that. And if it turns out terrible, then we'll just say it was an exercise in "See how much mommy loves you!"