The December Darlings

I am so excited about this quilt. It is an adult size blanket, using baby onesies. 32 onesies to be exact, that came from 30 awesome women (plus myself). The story behind this quilt began over 2 years ago…

Social media plays a huge role in our lives. What you may not know is that sites like Baby Center and The Bump serve not only as online resources for new mothers, but as a community of women. There are groups for everything from pregnancy, to motherhood, those struggling to conceive, dealing with a loss, and everything in between.

I found out I was pregnant with my son, March 30, 2011. I was already a member of the Baby Center online community, so I searched for a due date group to join. I had no idea then the impact that decision would have on my life. The group was called “The December Darlings,” and was a private board for women due December 1-10, 2011. People shared every aspect of pregnancy- the good, the bad, and the ugly. We grieved together as some women suffered miscarriages, prayed together as some (myself included) received troubling news, and rejoiced as our babies were born.

As the year drew to a close, our group dwindled. What was once close to 200 women was now 73. Anyone who’s had a newborn knows that sitting down at the computer can be a challenge, so most of us accessed Internet through our phones (especially those up nursing a baby at 2 am). For convenience, we decided to move our group over to Facebook. Not everyone made the move, but for the ones who did, our bond grew stronger.

We’ve supported each other through the loss of parents, miscarriages, deployments, sick children, and spouses with cancer. We’ve celebrated as our babies reached milestones, new pregnancies and the birth of younger siblings, homecomings, and more. Somewhere along the line we started sending gifts, and that’s where the idea for the quilt came to be. How cool would it be to have a blanket made up with something from each of us… I was eager to take on this project, and after weeks of nagging, I got enough onesies to make the quilt.

I’ll spare you the details, and focus on the highlights. What started off as women with one thing in common (motherhood), and over the past 2 years we’ve become great friends. Our group consists of 36 women, spread out over 23 states. We range in age from 22-42. Some of us are first time moms, others have 7 children. Many of us have had the opportunity to meet one another; I’ve been fortunate enough to meet 3 of my fellow darlings (pictures below). As a group, our dream is for all 36 of us to meet with our babies. Anyone out there with the power and funds to make that happen- my contact info is available on the blog.

I think our story is powerful. Support comes in all forms. These women, most of whom I’ve never met, I consider my closest friends. I truly don’t know how I would have made it through the past 2 years without them. In an online arena, there is no shame in asking the kinds of questions new mothers have. In our group, sometimes we jokingly wonder how our ‘real world’ friends get answers to their personal questions.These women are my sounding board for everything, and I’m so so thankful for that decision I made, back in the spring of 2011, to join this group.

If you read through this, thank you! For those here for the quilt, this blanket consists of 32 onesies and 32 flannel squares, each measuring 7″. The teal border is 2.5″ and the snowflake border is 4″. The finished blanket measures 69″ square, and its backed with pale grey anti-pill fleece. We plan to “share” this blanket, sending it to those in need when they need it. I’m hoping nobody “needs” it soon because I’m not ready to part with it.

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Busy busy

Things have been busy, so I’m going to combine these posts. This week, I’ve started & finished a t-shirt quilt and a baby onesie quilt. (Pictures below) The t-shirt quilt was for one of my best friends from high school, using her college sorority t-shirts. She lives and works in my hometown, and I visited her while I was home back in September. I helped her narrow down the shirts to include, and she settled on 20. There was no real deadline for this project, but I was going to be home this weekend, and wanted to have the quilt done to deliver to her. In typical Melissa fashion, I started this week (I am amazing under pressure).

I finished Heather’s blanket Wednesday, and immediately started another project. Erin is a friend of a friend. When I posted a picture of my son’s onesie quilt, she asked if I’d make one for her. She lives out of state, so she had to mail me the outfits to use. I’ve decided that the baby quilts are my new favorite. I think it is a great way to treasure your child’s jammies and outfits, and I hope I have the opportunity to make another one soon.

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Team Spirit youth quilts

I owe this idea 100% to my friend & neighbor. She asked me if I could create a baby gift for a child whose house was divided- one parent a Steelers fan, the other a Patriots fan. Because quilts are my favorite thing, I had a vision for a checkerboard pattern blanket, using fabric from both teams. I placed the order for the fabric and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

In the mean time, I was at Hobby Lobby (for what, I’m not even sure), and browsed through the fabrics. I saw they had Atlanta Falcons fabric, and got an idea. My best friend and her husband are Falcons season ticket holders. Their daughter was turning 1, and I needed a birthday gift. I bought the fabric along with red gingham and red flannel to back the blanket, went home and got straight to work.

Here are both blankets-

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After these blankets were finished, I had the opportunity to create a LSU blanket for a friend’s little girl. Normally, I either purchase fabric from Jo Ann’s or Hobby Lobby, or I order from Fabric.com, but none of these had the purple LSU fabric that I wanted. I found it online, but (of course) had issues actually getting it. 2 weeks, 3 emails, and 2 separate shipments later… Here it is-

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The small blanket measures 36″ by 42″, and sells for $30, the larger blanket is 42″ by 42, and is $40. These can be created for any college or professional sports team, and are a great way to show your team spirit, or a house divided! Check out my Facebook page for ordering information.

Baby Quilt

I did something crazy. Something that might make some gasp. I cut up my son’s newborn clothes! I’ve had then put aside for awhile to make into a blanket, but didn’t have the guts to make the first cut… until yesterday. I wanted a way to preserve my favorite outfits and jammies, and this is the perfect way. The front squares are a soft flannel, matching the “snuggleyness” of the outfits. This isn’t finished yet. I am seeing a brown border around the outside, then an outer border with the same patterned flannel as the squares, but I couldn’t wait to share the latest Sew Sassy Creation.

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My first job!

I’ve done quilts and projects for friends throughout the years, so I am not quite sure why this has me so excited. My neighbor “liked” my facebook page and emailed asking if I could make a custom piece for a friend. One parent is a Steelers fan, and the other a Patriots fan, and she wanted a gift for their baby to show their “house divided”. I ordered fabric this morning to make a checkerboard pattern quilt using NFL fabric for each team. I can’t wait to get started.