April 7, 2011


Many lovely people gave us blankets and other types of handmade (and not handmade) thoughtful gifts, all of which I considered photographing and posting about but then we moved and . . . I didn't. I swear, I LOVED your gift though.

Two quilts, however, are more recent gifts and since my life is a little more put together these days, I thought I'd share.

As you can imagine, we have a lot of pink in our house these days (people who are having girls and think you can avoid pink, I salute you in your efforts. Prepare to return 90% of everything and accept no hand-me-downs. Happily I like pink), but this is different pink. This is pink with pizazz:

My Aunt Miriam, who is a professional long-arm quilter, made this one for Ella. Not only are the colors fantastic, but the back is mega soft and snuggly, with a gorgeous quilted design. I pulled this one out and showed it off to practically everyone who came over for a month after it arrived.

And then, Kay, my library internship mentor and surrogate grandmother to Ella brought this one a few weeks ago when she came up to visit:

Ella has never before showed a preference for any one blanket, but this one, which I have had draped over the back of the rocking chair, just delights her. Every time I sit down to rock her, she leans her head back so she can see it over my shoulder and if I ever move it, she looks around for it.

This is my blanket of choice when I need to wrap her up for a minute or when I want to snuggle on the couch with her.

And she loves to run her fingers along the raw edges.

Is there anything more sweet than a handmade baby blanket? Only one wrapping up a cute little baby.


  1. Baby 2's favorite blanket was the one my sister made and it has raw edges like that second one. The babies, they like that apparently.

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  2. I really like that pink one! If we ever have another girl I may need to make myself one of those.

  3. I love the pink and black together. I so envy people who have the ability to quilt.

  4. Such a cutie! And what lovely, useful gifts!

  5. ANY blanket will have a hard time competing with that sweet baby!

  6. Amen sister. I estimated that we received 9 hand made blankets of one fashion or another. I can't wait for Eli to start showing preference... I hope he chooses mine.


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  8. Wow all those blankets are amazing!!! I love love love them. I am a huge fan of handmade gifts and especially handmade blankets. She is so cute! I hope she grows up to love books as much as you do.

  9. your aunt is a long-arm quilter! very cool! I've used one just once, and loved it!

    those are such lovely quilts too. I am really enjoying making them for the friends who are having babies...which seems to be most of them these days!

  10. aaawwwwww.... Ella is so darned adorable, you could wrap her in a rag... but I love that she loves the edges... all made with love - lots and lots of love... your welcome! xoxo


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