Not all that long ago Adrianna, Stacey and I blogged about the things we made for our friend Kyra's new baby girl. Collectively we made the nursery bedding. When Adrianna, Kyra and I were able to get together last week it was also the first time that Adrianna had been able to see everything in place. Before I left the get-together I ran back to the room to make sure the quilt Adrianna made was still there. I was expecting it'd walk as soon as she got her chance. Surprisingly, the quilt was unmoved.
My portion of the deal was the crib bumper. At the time I couldn't find a tutorial that made sense to me on line so I made up what worked for me. Here's an image from the original post:
Since that tutorial there have been questions about those little end loops and how they work. I grabbed a quick photo of it in place. If you squint and turn your head sideways a bit, you can see it here. The two ends of the very long bumper meet here, and instead of four ties all hanging out in one corner where the ends meet, and a gap in-between, the two pairs of ties each go through their respective loops in one place. No gaps. Helps keeps pacis and loveys and arms and legs and whatever else you put in there... in there.
Further, since that post, a number of folks have actually followed my long-winded, photo-deficient tutorial and have pronounced it somewhat useful. Like Sarah, who blogged about it here. Her photos are better AND her description more eloquent. Thanks, Sarah, for sharing.
Sue also added her bumper photos to our Flickr pool. She blogged about hers here. On the list of things that excite bloggers, finding things that others have done that are in some way inspired by your work might be #1. Pretty darn exciting. Thanks for that thrill, Sue! (If there are others out there who have work they'd like to share and/or see featured here... you've gotta add them to the pool!) I love that neither Sarah nor Sue bothered with the patchwork layer cake business, and the bumpers are still super cute.
I will add that I know, of course, that not everyone enjoys crib bumpers. As with a whole lot of other baby stuff, they're certainly not necessary and there are debates about them in other more appropriate venues for such discussion. Moms've gotta do their research and make their own decisions, right?
I'm working with a Mom friend now on a nursery for her little boy. There'll be more about that, and inevitably a crib bumper too, coming soooooon. Patchwork or no patchwork? That is the question.