I am in the middle of planning a baby shower for my husband's sister. She has two other children, a 15 yr. old step-son and a 10 yr. old daughter. Now she is expecting her second daughter in June. Unfortunately, she is unable to work due to high risk pregnancy, and her husband recently lost his job. There are a LOT of things that she needs for this new little bundle of joy, and there are 2 family members (my self and another SIL) who love to sew and quilt.
The expectant mother does not have a themed nursery, nor does she want a themed nursery. Instead she has chosen a color scheme of sorts. The general color scheme is pink. She has changed her mind a few times about co-ordinating colors...sometimes she says pink and lavendar, and I've heard pink and blue, and pink and teal. She said that she even likes pink and brown. Since she can't seem to keep her mind made up about the co-ordinating colors, making her a crib quilt is becoming challanging. Only one color is definate and that is pink. But I scrap quilt, and I have a fair amount of pinks but I don't have a lot of "girl" colors in my quilt stash. I have a tiny bit of lavendar (about 1/4 yard), I have some various shades of blue scraps, and I *might* have about 1/2 yard of teal but if so it's not cotton...it's a satin type of material. So since there are various colors, I'm thinking about doing a postage stamp 9 patch and alternating the postage stamp squares with white. And then forming larger blocks of 9 squares and bordering them with a light weight denim since I have a lot of denim fabric, but I don't want to make the quilt too heavy. Does this make sense? There would be a square of 9 print/color postage stamps, then a square of white. That's the larger 9 patch block. The postage stamp squres are 1.5 inches before seam allowance. What do you all think? Could it work to pull all of her colors together so that the quilt will be girl themed and work with any of her other nursery colors. She said that she wants a laid back nursery where just about anything "girly" will work together. And does anyone know the measurement of crib quilts? I made some years ago for my own boys, but I had my last child 11 years ago and haven't made crib/toddler bed sized quilts since 2004.
She also needs a large diaper bag. I have about 2-4 yards of a cream colored canvas material. I was thinking about sewing her a diaper bag with quilt pattern pockets on it. Does anyone know of a good block pattern that works well with scraps and doesn't involve applique. I like applique, but I'm not real good at doing it. I've thought about churn dash blocks and shoo-fly blocks. But what other blocks would be quick and easy that I might not have thought about?
And last, but not least, does anyone know where I could find patterns for hooded towels, baby wash cloths, and burp cloths?