Ok, so 'B' is late. Ava will make up for my slip. She'll make 'C' fantastic.
When Ava signed up for the ABC Along, I knew right away what I'd use for the letter B. It represents an example of how Ava & I are different; I don't sleep & Ava can fall asleep sitting up. Because of my curse (our mother often apologizes for passing this trait along), I appreciate a good nap. 15 minutes or 2 hours is an amazing gift. But I need the perfect storm for it to happen. I can't be in a bed. I must be on the couch with the TV on, but I can't be facing the TV. And finally, I need a blanket. No matter how hot it is, I've got to be covered.
I also think that making someone a blanket is the an excellent way to show the recipient that they are really loved. Blankets aren't a quick an easy gift. You are going to be working on it for a while, so you'd better find materials & pattern that you love. My all-time favorite project is still the Amy Butler Lotus quilt. It gets used everyday & the colors actually make me feel better. Amy Butler fabrics have that effect on me. Two current favorites were gifts. First, Tuck's Serenity blanket from Ava. Every time I cover him with it, I'm reminded by the love that he was guaranteed before he was even born. Second, receiving blankets from my mother. These are very simple flannel squares, but they are essential in our home. Both boys have benefited from a good swaddle. Commercial receiving blankets just aren't big enough to get a tight & lasting swaddle. Gus asks SK (King of the Swaddle) to wrap Tuck like a burrito. It's only a matter of time before Gus is "swaddled" in the Lotus quilt.
My love for blankets is on-going. I feel good when I've got one (or 3) in a WIP pile. My goal for this maternity leave, is to complete Gus' Big Boy blanket. I started piecing it together this weekend. I also hope to have V's graduation quilt started. I've chosen a pattern from Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in the Sun. Should be simple enough, but I'd like to use a different method to quilt it. The past quilts have been quilted with the Stitch in the Ditch method. I want that random stitch look, but I'm not sure how to go about it. Here is a beautiful example of what I'd like to achieve. You think that you just load the quilt into the machine & go at it?
That's my take on 'B'. I could have taken the easy route & chosen Baby, Boys, Boobs, or Breast-feeding. All very important 'B' words. But sleep time is precious these days, so I'll honor my favorite friend, the Blanket.