One of April's charity projects was for Balboa's Babies, San Diego's navel hospital NICU. The project leader was kind enough to send out patterns for non-clothing items. (I wasn't quite ready to figure out baby clothes patterns.)
With virtual assistance, I made some snakes and cuddlers, neither of which I have pictures of. The snake is a positioning device that the nurses can wrap around a baby. For smaller babies, a cuddler is used which has the snake-like portion sewn onto a soft bed and secures with a strap. Take a look.
It took a bit more time and effort, but I was also able to make an isolette cover from one of her patterns. This quilted cover shields extra-care babies from noise and light, which can cause undo stress. It has flaps for tubes and a front flap for visitors (nurse and parents, not aliens). Unfortunately, my picture only shows one angle, but you get a better idea of this cover in the picture on the right.----->
Our friends, Stacey & John, recently 'made' the cutest lil' boy, so I had to make some clothes and a blanket that suited him.
Prior to this experience, I had never really worked with patterns. At least nothing complicated or involving more than two pieces. I was a newbie, green, a pattern virgin, if you will, and I was scared. For some reason patterns don't make much sense to me and I go a bit mad trying to figure it all out.
So I asked my friend Penny to help me with this project, which she did graciously. Of course, Penny also pointed out that I picked probably the most difficult pattern from the set (a bunting) and that I had forgotten the lining fabric. So I switched gears and together we worked on a couple of overalls. I finished it on my own and was so thrilled that I decided to tackle that vexing bunting.
I also decided that due to my success with my first quilt, that a baby blanket would be just the thing for Sean. I picked up a book on chenille baby quilts (in-a-day) and started the project. (For those novices out there, chenille fabric is a bit unruly and a true bitch to work with. Be warned.) The instructions for this quilt were a bit different from my earlier quilt, so I learned a couple of new techniques along the way.