I can't believe I'm actually saying that. For several years there I could barely keep up with all of the babies. It seemed like I was making a blanket-a-week and embroidered onesies were coming out of my ears! But now, it's been at least a year since any of my local friends or family have had a baby shower. Or a baby for that matter. I have had to carefully and purposefully avoid the flannel aisle at the fabric shop forever (there is always so much cute blanket flannel when I don't need it!)
For actual baby showers, I prefer to give an embroidered onesie along with something practical. I wait to make the blankets until after the baby arrives. That way, if I have an opportunity to buy super girly and/or pink fabric I can take advantage of it. And more importantly, I can add the baby's monogram in order to comply with North Carolina statute 6413 (which states something along the lines of "anything that can be, shall be monogrammed, preferably in hot pink but other colors shall be permitted on a case-by-case basis such as when the item to be monogrammed is hot pink and then chartreuse shall be permitted").
Anyway, the new baby is a boy and his parents are big into sailing. You might not know this (I didn't until we moved here) but there is a nautical flag alphabet. Since the parents-to-be will not disclose the name of the baby-to-be I used the last name for this onesie. This was supposed to be a very simple and easy project but like most of my projects I found a way to make it incredibly frustrating and time-consuming. I'm not thrilled with the result but I am thankful that their last name is only 4 letters long.