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Thread: I need some help from all you creative geniuses

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    Super Member Baren*eh*ked_canadian's Avatar
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    Ok, so long story short, my brother's girlfriend is pregnant. I have not spoken to them since my brother dropped the bomb in June. This week my mother finally cornered me and I guess I've finally come to terms with this pregnancy and their decision to keep it... By the way, it's a boy! I still haven't spoken to my brother, but my mother thinks they want to ask us to be the godparents. I had planned on making an I spy quilt for when the baby is born, but I will probably have to come up with some kind of shower gift too. I have no money (saving for my wedding) and don't want to give them something dinky or lame, but I figure I can make some kind of quilt anyway.
    This is where you folks come in... WHAT do I make them? I was thinking of using flannelette fabric, but I saw this really awesome original winnie the pooh cotton fabric at work (my second job is at a fabric store...DANGEROUS!) but I just don't know what to do with it. I'm open to suggestions for block patterns, anything, really.

    I'm starting to collect fabric for the I spy quilt, I think I've finally decided on a theme.

    ETA: Ok, sorry, that was supposed to be short, but even the abbreviated version is long!

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    You will be an awesome aunt! This baby will learn lots of creative stuff from you. From seeing your prior pictures, there will be a spark in you and there will be another beautiful quilt in production. I don't have any specific pattern for you, but do suggest that you don't make the pieces too small or many. The reason being, baby blankets end up being washed alot due to the nature of the little beasties, and the less seams that can come apart the better :)

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    just my own 2 cents, but i think it's fabulous they decided to welcome the unexpected life into the world and commit themselves to loving him. :-)

    i don't think there's any such thing as too many binkies for any baby. get one or two coordinating solids to go with the pooh fabric. make a top from simple, long strips of each fabric. add one border the same width as the strips. quick; easy; and they'll love it. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    just my own 2 cents, but i think it's fabulous they decided to welcome the unexpected life into the world and commit themselves to loving him. :-)

    i don't think there's any such thing as too many binkies for any baby. get one or two coordinating solids to go with the pooh fabric. make a top from simple, long strips of each fabric. add one border the same width as the strips. quick; easy; and they'll love it. :wink:
    You're right, it's really not my decision to make, that's why I haven't spoken to them. My beef is that it is totally and completely irresponsable of them, becuause my brother is 20 years old, has a criminal record, can barely keep a job (because he's irresponsable, not because of the record) he changes girlfriends like he changes his underpants, and I can see them hitting up my parents for cash left right and center. My mother cannot afford to raise another child, she shouldn't have to be stuck taking care of this one, just because my brother would rather chill with his buddies instead of taking care of a family he created. It's not his fault she decided to keep it, but he has a LOT of growing up to do in the next couple of months. However, this is not my problem, thank God. We're planning on getting married and having kids soon, but we're making sure we can handle things on our own... I think it's unfair that my parents have to be new parents again, instead of happy, unstressed grandparents. ok, rant over, lol, sorry :)


    I think I will use the pooh fabric, it's just toooo cute!

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    Use the search function up top. A few weeks ago, there was a thread about making baby stuff with lots of links to free patterns.

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    I absolutely LOVE this quilt...

    Maybe Winnie could be in it?

    http://quickquilts.com/kidscorner/kc...ern/index.html

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    You will be a fantastic Aunt!

    And it's ok to vent here :wink:

    I have a 32 year old step-daughter who has 3 girls by 3 different men, was into drugs and lost custody of her children last year. She now has them back but we are all just holding our breath. The girls are so confused and the sad part is they have no idea of what it is to be part of a normal 'mom-dad' family. They break my heart.

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    Sometimes it is little hands that help us the most. Maybe this is what your brother needs for a wake up call.

    Good luck and give his girl friend all the support you can.

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    Your quilts are lovely, how about a scrappy one from your left overs in pastels?

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    This sort of thing always requires major adjustments.
    And a lot of them are just plain hard to deal with.

    Good luck to all concerned.

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