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.

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  • Reply Kayla April 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    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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  • Reply Elsha April 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

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

  • Reply girlseeksplace April 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife April 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Such a cutie! And what lovely, useful gifts!

  • Reply Jenny April 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm

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

  • Reply Jenae April 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    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.


  • Reply Miriam April 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Hey – thanks for the advertisement! I've already had one email requesting info because of this post. Do you require a commission? 🙂

  • Reply McKinley April 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    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.

  • Reply Lexilooo April 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

    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!

  • Reply Kay April 11, 2011 at 4:34 am

    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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