I finished making the disappearing nine patch baby blanket for my cousin’s new son. I can see how my sewing has improved and it makes me so happy :) Most corners matched right up so nicely and I was able to practice “squaring” my finished quilt top. For the back of this quilt, I ended up using flannel receiving blankets quite by accident. I was finding it hard to find the flannel fabric I wanted that wasn’t too baby blue or cutesy (which I adore but wasn’t for this quilt.) Then as I was leaving the store empty handed, I thought why not look in the baby section for those flannel things that parents use as “burp clothes”… And so it was; a package of four flannel “receiving blankets” 30”x 30” each for $7.99 in neutral yellows and grays. Just what I wanted and less than the same amount of fabric by the yard (I do love a bargain ;)
I was so excited that I could now finish the quilt! As I washed then ironed the cloths I asked myself; “Why are they called ‘receiving’ blankets anyway?” My reply to myself was “Let’s google it shall we”: The term “receiving blanket” refers to the original use, which was to “receive the baby at their birth.”
Oh that just warms my heart :) As I hope the quilt will warm the precious baby.
The picture in the photo below is a watercolor painting by my mother of me. It is dated November 7, 1974. I was just a little one myself then.
In preparation for tomorrow, I am thawing my Tofurkey roast. I am a vegetarian and haven’t eaten “real” turkey in about 15 years. After several tries I was able to get my family to try Tofurkey, a vegetarian alternative, and to my (and specially theirs) surprise They liked it! Mikey actually likes it! So now it is a family tradition:) To all who celebrate it, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.