My 3 sons

Last week we received the wonderful news that our surprise baby is (not surprisingly) another boy! A lot of people have asked if I had a feeling one way or the other, or if we wanted a girl. Out of loyalty to the child I really didn’t have an opinion. I just want (him) to be who (he) is!

Now that we know he’s a boy, for the first time in months I have quilt ideas whirling in my head. I’d love to make this baby a quilt or a wall hanging for his nursery, but something is holding me back. I’m 20 weeks now (half way!) and only just finally getting over the nausea. My poor husband is exhausted from taking care of me, the kids, and our home during my illness. The kids are a little wilder than usual because I’ve mostly scolded from the couch instead of properly punishing them for the last 3 months. And there is a lot of work ahead of me converting my sewing room back into a nursery.

So even though I’ve started reading blogs a little and browsing instagram, I am going to have to let that restless energy build while I put my house in order. Something about having a new baby makes you want to organize everything, amIright? I have a year’s worth of bills and paperwork to file, and the insides of my cabinet drawers in the kitchen and bathrooms haven’t been cleaned… ever. All of that comes first, along with the nursery setup.

But do you want to know what quilt ideas I’ve been thinking about, even though I’m not actually sewing yet? I thought so!

If the babyย had been a girl, my idea was to make a snowflake quilt with 6, 9, and 12 inch versions of this block from theย penny sampler. The “snowflake” design is a subtle nod to the baby’s Christmasy due date, although I wasn’t going to use Christmas colors or fabrics.


My idea for a boy is a machine paper piecing sampler using various boy-friendly blocks like these:




I even sketched a little!


Maybe I’ll find the time later in my pregnancy to make this sampler happen, or maybe I’ll turn it into a bigger quilt idea for his eventual big-boy bed. Either way, you can be sure you’ll be the first to know when I start sewing again!

12 thoughts on “My 3 sons

  1. I’m so happy for you! 3 boys! What a fun little gang you’ll have running around. Glad to hear you’re finally feeling better and getting sme energy back.

  2. It is amazing how easy it is for pregnancy to take over. Glad to hear that you are starting to feel a little more like yourself. Hopefully you have a chance to carve out a little bit of time for sewing sometime soon.

  3. I’m so glad to hear that you are coming out of the nausea phase … 20 weeks worth, you poor thing! I hope you have fun nesting for this bub and look forward to hearing of his safe arrival AND your sewing plans ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. At least your heart is back in it and your brain is in motion. As always, I admire your ability to recognize priorities and stick to them! Good luck with all the nesting. As for the quilt, I think the paper pieced idea is cool but I also think you could still do the snowflake quilt (awesome!) in boy colors and totally pull it off. Whatever you do will be fabulous, I’m sure.

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