Mega Post

I have been crafting - quite a bit actually!  I've just lost all motivation to actually turn on the computer and blog - I'm chalking it up to the 100+ weather we're having and the fact that I'm 38+ weeks pregnant!

Anyway, let's catch up a little . . .

A friend from high school was due 4 weeks before me and I wanted to make something special for her baby shower.  Of course I mailed it late - but I was really happy with the end result.

 Quilted Play Mat for Baby Madelynn
Square Baby Playmat
At the time they didn't know the gender, so I wanted something modern, fresh, and gender neutral (which is hard for me). 
Playmat folded and ready to go

Pattern:  Baby Life Quilt tutorial from the Moda Bake Shop
Fabrics:  Mostly Michael Miller (purchased from The Linden Tree) with some Amy Butler thrown in 
Quilted Playmat
Modifications: I satin stitched around all of the letter applique (even though I used Steam-a-Seam 2 to adhere it to the fabric permanently).  Doing that satin stitch was pain-staking and I don't know if I love the way it looks (but I didn't want to take the chance of the letters coming off later).   If I make another one for me, I will probably skip the satin stitch.

Quick Change Trousers
 Before we knew the gender of the baby I was itching to sew something.
First up - gender neutral bicycling pants:   
Biking Pants
 Cute contrasting butt which I love!
Back View
Pattern:  Quick Change Trousers from Anna Maria Horner's book - Handmade Beginnings
Fabric:  From Crafty Planet
Modifications: I didn't really have to make any!  The pattern is written really well and the pants are totally reversible which makes them even more fun.  I don't love shopping for gender neutral fabrics so I decided to use the reversibility of the pants to make a "boys" side and a "girls side". 
Boy - Gender Neutral Pants
Girl - Gender Neutral Pants
Because these pants are made to "cuff" I will likely have to cut off the bottom and hem them (so they fit appropriately) and so you can't see the blue fabric cuff (which I don't love in the picture).  But - I think this would be a really cute baby shower gift for anyone who wants the gender to be a surprise.

Coming Home Outfit
Going Home Outfit 
You've seen this dress before.  But I wanted to make something to go over it in case it was a little cool out (which I don't think will be a problem anymore).

Cardigan Pattern:  Baby Shrug by Debbie Bliss (free pattern available on Ravelry)
Yarn:  Bingo in light pink (100% merino wool)
Modifications:  All of the reviews on Ravelry say that the pattern runs at least 1 size big - and the smallest size it's designed for is 3-6 months so I rewrote the pattern to size it down to what I hoped would be a newborn size.  We'll see if I was successful . . .  Additionally, I added a crochet scalloped trim instead of the knitted ribbed trim the pattern called for.