This is Judah.
Now, I can confidently acknowledge that my quilting skills are pretty good, but my sewing-anything-else skills can be a little questionable. For example, if the finished item has to fit a person properly, I'm not making it for anyone other than myself just yet! Once I had a look at the pattern, though, I agreed to give it a go because it seemed both pretty simple and more than a little genius. And, having now finished the project, I can say I was right on both counts.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of it not in use, so we'll have to go with my description of what isn't clear in the picture.
This is a portable baby seat that folds up really small, but holds the baby securely in any dining room style chair. Isn't that brilliant?? I mean, how many times do parents go out to visit friends or family and they want to have baby with them, but not actually in their arms? You can't lug a high chair with you everywhere you go, but this little thing could easily fit in a diaper bag (or suitcase, if needed), then you just pop it over the back of the chair and suddenly your arms are free! How I wish I had had one of these when our boys were small!
I used this pattern** from Canadian Living, which instructs you to buy pre-quilted fabric. That wasn't available, so Crystal picked out these two cute prints and I just quilted it myself with a quick stipple. I had a serious moment of confusion over the width of the fabric needed, though, since the pattern said it required 1.2 m of 115 cm-wide fabric. Now, the 1.2 meter part I had no problem with because all the fabric stores in Canada sell fabric by the meter, so whenever I go to the store I buy in meters. The 115 cm threw me off, though, because my brain automatically went to extra-wide quilt backing, which is typically 108" wide. It wasn't until Crystal and I had our second or third text exchange about what to buy, and I checked the pattern again (for the third time), that I realized she didn't need to buy extra-wide fabric. Regular quilting fabric, the 45" stuff I've been buying for years and years, is 115 cm! I don't think I've ever seen the width of the fabric measured in metric before. Crystal told me afterwards that every time she said something about the fabric being 115 cm to the lady at the fabric store, the lady would respond with, "yeah, 45 inches." I guess I'm not the only Canadian who thinks of the fabric width in inches!
This little seat would make a great gift for new parents and I'm thinking I'll be making many more of them in the future, especially now that I know what size fabric to buy!
I'll be linking up this week with Let's Bee Social, NTT, TGIFF, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finish it up Friday.
** Edited September 1, 2016...Aack, it seems the pattern has disappeared from the Canadian Living website! I'm so sorry that link is no longer valid.
***Edited April 10, 2017...okay, here's a new link that is working (for now!).