Something for a Little Niece this time!

Two years after making my first ever quilt for my first little nephew, I’m blogging about a something special I made for my first little niece this time. Three nephews and three quilts later, I decided to make something a bit different for my sister’s second baby – little did I know, it was going to be a little girl baby!

Introducing Bo’s ‘All the Colours of the Rainbow’ patchwork baby blanket, with super soft navy minky-dot backing.

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illustrator template for etsy listings

THE ‘COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW’ PATCHWORK:
…I’ve been really inspired by all the gorgeous products around at the moment that play with the colour spectrum and decided to make a blanket or quilt that had that beautifully sumptuous rainbow effect. Armed with my ever-growing stash of used, recycled, collected and bought fabrics, I chopped hundreds of very carefully selected 2″ x 2″ squares in a vibrant rainbow colour palette. Not being one for much white, I omitted it completely, which I think gives the blanket a really rich feel and makes it suitable from baby time – through to toddlerhood and beyond…
rainbow stripe 1l…A patchwork colour wheel of zingy, bright and fun fabrics, the patchwork goes from red to orange, to yellow, to green, to blue and finishes with purple. Achieving this colour wheel effect is actually more difficult than it sounds and involved lots of ‘thinking’ about which tones to place next to each other…rainbow stripe2…the 2” x 2” (5cm) squares are a variety of collected, found and re-cycled fabrics, all cotton and cotton mix. Some special ones include William Morris designs such as ‘Strawberry Thief’ in lovely modern colourways; Liberty print tana lawn ‘Thorpe’  in turquoise and green and a range of hand-dyed and mottled cottons, which I acquired from a nice lady giving away her mothers stash of quilting fabrics…
rainbow stripe3…A great feature of this quilt is that as your baby turns into a toddler and starts to learn their words and colours, you can play with them to pick out simple colours like red, yellow and blue and spot the different flora and fauna such as flowers, elves and birds! This blanket top also includes a little spiderweb square as well as the odd elephant – see if you can spot them hiding.

THE MINKY DIMPLE-DOT BACKING:
All over the baby world at the moment is the minky blanket – but what is this “min-key” I thought? Yes, I’m admitting to my minky ignorance. But after a bit of research and coveting of the vast land of the etsy-minky-blanket, I was itching to use this super soft, lightweight but warm and entirely washable fleecey fabric – perfect for that delicate new baby skin! Especially once I spotted the minky-dimple-dot with it’s soft dimply, fleecey-ness! The minky dimple gives a great texture and something comforting for your baby or toddler to stroke and hold onto while drifting off to sleep. I chose a deep navy blue – to tone down the very vibrant patchwork front – which works really well and you don’t have to worry about something white -white becoming very quickly off-white through use!

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THE DREAMY HAND-EMBROIDERY:
So to the totally unique aspect of this very special minky blankie…I just couldn’t resist a ‘bit’ of hand embroidery for my fourth little nephew/niece. I wanted to find something dreamy, sleepy and fitting for a cwtchy blanket that could go on the reverse or the blanket, so that when used, the little one would be wrapped in the words while going to sleep. I chose a delightfully quirky quote from Roald Dahl’s BFG about dreams, perfect for a sleepy bubba when going off to sleep…
“Dreams is very mysterious things. They is floating around in the air like little wispy-misty bubbles. And all the time they is searching for sleeping people.”
Stitched entirely by hand, each letter is hand-embroidered using duck-egg blue colour-fast stranded cotton in a delicate satin stitch, on 100% cotton forget-me-not-blue fabric. The embroidered strips have been top-stitched securely to the minky backing.

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So there it is, one extra special blanket for my little niece called Bo – I hope she spends many sleepy hours wrapped up in it. Hopefully I’ll nab some photos of her modelling it at some point!

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I have two little piles of neatly stacked rainbow squares all ready for sewing into a blanket just like this, once I get my sewing mojo back, so this blanket is available in The Crafty Prawn shop right now!
***This blanket is available both with and without the hand embroidery…***
With hand-embroidery here
Without embroidery here