Minky baby blankets (or, I curse the gods of cuddliness)

A sweet little baby blanket for a sweet (and yet-to-be-born) baby.

Minky makes me want to take a nap...

The obscenely adorable owls are Michael Miller’s “Who’s Hoot?” in cream.  I got it here at my local fabric shop–they very occasionally carry some fantastic stuff!  And the Minky is a chocolate brown dot.  Mmmmm…

This is a standard baby blanket for me; one yard of quilting cotton, one yard of Minky.  Sew it, turn it, topstitch, and wham!  You’ve got a fantastically cuddly blanket that’s a nice, generous size (about 35″x42″).   If the baby’s a warm-climate resident, he/she gets a double layer of flannel instead of Minky so baby doesn’t catch afire.  My big complaint about many of the receiving and baby blankets we had with Ellery was their skimpy size.  It was dang-near impossible to swaddle an almost-9-lb newborn in them.  Much less keep her on it once she started creeping and all that.  This blanket is nice and substantial.  This blanket don’t back down.

There's that turquoise chair again, always looking so good with my stuff.

Sewing with Minky, though, continues to be a erratic beast.  Sometimes it goes beautifully and speedily.  Sometimes…  I seam rip and start again.  And again.  I don’t know why.  I do think, though, the dot and other textured Minky is a bit more temperamental than the smoother Minky.  But maybe that’s psychological on my part?  Anyone have any thoughts on working with Minky?

But the desire for the cuddliness always wins me back, even when I swear it off.  Damn you, Minky.  Damn yoooooooooooooou!

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3 responses to “Minky baby blankets (or, I curse the gods of cuddliness)

  1. Your work is beautiful and inspiring….your comment on Sew Liberated brought me here…..Meg is my sister in law and those pink loving girls are mine! I so relate to what you said! My daughters REALLY wanted a pink room when we moved last month, and we decided to break down….its very light pink and they are sooooo happy. I am always trying to balance their desires with mine and respect both. Not easy. Anyway…love the minky blanket and your curtain solution!

    • Oh, that’s too funny, Melissa–we are moving in a few weeks as well, and that’s part of what has precipitated the pink bedroom for us, too. She KNOWS we are going to be repainting her new room and thus is campaigning harder than she might if we were not moving. As we talk about all the things that will be coming with us to the new house and what we’ll have there, she always chimes in with “And my new room will be ‘Summer Roooooooooooooose’!!!” And I try not to sigh. If the pink sheets don’t suffice, I’ll propose painting one wall pink and the rest the light aqua. And then we’ll see how I cave from there. It is so important to honor their strongly-held opinions and feelings–and I know this is the easy stuff, that things will only get more complex as she grows–but it’s a challenge sometimes!

      I’m so glad you found some interesting things on my little blog; I’m woefully behind, but hope to have a post about my DIY play kitchen adventure up in the next day or two!

      Thanks for the kind words!
      Carrie

  2. I just found your blog through Etsy and I do hope you will start blogging again. I love your style and projects! It is also a great way to promote your Etsy site. Take care!
    Tasha – The Nerdy Owl

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