Friday, October 21, 2016

row by row

row by row

It think it was at this point that I completely fell in love with this quilt.  Limiting myself to Loominous fabrics and to fabric-repetition in the rows is not always easy for my patchwork spirit, but the effects are exactly what I wanted.  It's strong, spicey and a tad dark side, but with pretty colors and woven details to keep things "me."

row by row

Oh!  Also, I learned how to align the fabrics correctly after making just one mark - the diagonal crease line with my hera marker.  (I mark a line that falls at 1/4" from each corner of the top fabric and then arrange fabrics so that the line touches at a 1/4" from each corner of the underneath fabric.)  That saves a good bit of time so that churning out these half rectangle triangles isn't a chore. I still have to trim each HRT after sewing, just as you would with half square triangles.  At least the trimmings are pretty!

row by row

Today I finished my fifth row. She's coming along nicely!  The colors look a bit duller here than they are in real life.  When I photograph the finished quilt outside, hopefully I'll capture the rich tones.

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I've chosen fabrics for the last two rows, which I hope to complete this afternoon, before Brandon comes home from work and we go work on the addition.  Honestly, working on the addition is just as fun as patchwork these days because it's slowly but surely turning into fresh livable space!  I plan to move the baby's dresser/changing table into the new master bedroom this weekend and pack it with diapers, clothes and all the essentials we'll use right away.  I'm also eyeing the entry, which just needs trim.  I can't wait to move some of our furniture that's clogging up the rest of the house into the entry where it belongs and roll out my new entry rug.  It's the little things!

And then, when I'm not working on the addition I am most likely scouring the internet, Baby Name Wizard and my poor, long suffering friends about baby names.  We've never had trouble choosing a girl name before, but this time has been different.  So different.  Still no name, but not for lack of trying.  The phases:
  • A Girl!  How fun!  Maybe Cora, maybe Esme, maybe Penny, maybe Ivy... so many good options!
  • Drum roll....It's Esme.   Esme Rosalie Hauser!  (No, we've never read Twilight.)
  • Oh no, once we commit, Esme feels terribly wrong!  Maybe after she's born it'll all feel right.  Yeah, maybe we should just choose a name after she's born from among all our good options.
  • Several months interim in "it'll all work out" denial.
  • Crap.  It's not going to work out.  The names sound worse and worse.  Stress.  This baby is coming soon.  Stress!  (At least it's not birth-related stress.)
  • Clearly we haven't found the right name.  Once we come across the right name, we'll know.  Insert baby name books, websites, smart phone game aps...
  • I have now considered every name known to man.  Brandon and I are going for different styles entirely.  My guidelines for the right name are snowballing out of control (can't start with "A" or "L" or "E"; can't end in "ia"; must be feminine, but not very long, etc.). There is no name for this baby.  Can we just keep calling her "baby"?  A friend googles "baby" in other languages.  It's that bad.
So, yeah, the baby name thing has been tough this time.   I know we don't 100% have to choose a name before she's born or before we leave the hospital or etc.  But, I don't really want this hanging over my head at a time when I hope to be enjoying my baby, and at a time when I might be very emotional anyways, for a whole number of reasons.

If only names could be built like quilts - row by row.  That would be easier.


106 comments:

  1. You probably don't need any imput from your blog readers ...but...I've always loved the names Gwen and Daisy....😊

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  2. I LOVE this quilt. So much. I'm always drawn to limited color palettes and lots of repetition, but I just don't have the patience or attention span to ever do that myself. Would you like some baby names from a random internet stranger? (I mean, who wouldn't?) Gemma, Eden, or Iris?

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    1. whoops, strike Eden for that "E." (this IS hard!)

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    2. And I do like Iris, but my husband nixed that idea =(

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  3. Oh, gosh. Baby names. It was so easy to choose a girl name when we were having boys, but when our daughter came, we were stymied. It was horrible. We ended up calling her Fiona, which was neither my first nor second choice (I was pulling hard for Agnes or Lucy). I was surprised how many people, including my 88-year-old grandmother (!!), associated "Fiona" with Shrek. Incidentally, that hip grandma is a Penny. It's is an adorable and classy name. Anyhow, good luck picking!

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    1. Small world because Fiona is on our short list. I love the sound of the name, but not so much the Shrek association and "Fifi" nick name. Sigh.

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    2. Ugh. The Fifi is horrible. Her older brother called her "feenona" and that's stuck. Nona, nonie.

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  4. Oh my, your quilt is coming together just stunning, Rachel. I am totally thrilled about the impact your rows make. I love the fabrics so much and hope they will be available in Europe too.

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    1. Thanks, Ellen. Seeing your name reminds me that last night I joked to Brandon that maybe we ought to try the reverse of "Ellen" (which is the root name of Eleni), by using "Nelle." I was completely joking, but he said, "Maybe" in all seriousness. I think we're both getting confused!

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    2. Nelle was Harper Lee's real first name. She went by Harper professionally because she didn't want it to be misread as Nellie.

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  5. Can't wait to see your addition! I'm assuming you will show us the space once it's done? And baby names... do you read Swistle/babynames? If you don't you should, it's so interesting, even if you don't have an upcoming little one to choose a name for. My daughter's name is Claire Hazel, and I still love it so much!

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    1. I'll have to check Swistle. I'd never heard of it =) We were both warming up to Hazel this week when we realized that "Hazel Hauser" is a really bad idea. Haha.

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  6. Your HRT are great love the colors and the rows you've made so far.
    Don't ask me about baby names but I would recommand nothing with an 'H' otherwise the poor girl would have the name H... Hauser and personally I don't like it when the first name and the family name begin with the same letter.

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    1. Very cute, but too long for us. Aria, Liam and Eleni are all pretty short names, which we've appreciated. See what I mean - too many guidelines. It's crazy.

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  8. I'm so happy for you. Really. It's been an emotional roller coaster just reading your blogs! You're so kind to take us on your journey with you. It helps me be a better friend to others.
    It's funny but I really do think of you and pray for your baby and the birth. And of course you! Anyway, I could just see you having a Clara. It's strong but feminine and short. We all look forward to your bundle of joy, whatever her name.

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  9. Coralie! Rhymes with Rosalie. That's my daughter's name and she often tells me how much she loves it. Tho- my first choice was Greta. I remember freaking out about the name myself.

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  10. Rachel,
    May God put the perfect name into your heart, and when the time is right, reveal it to you. Bless you and your family.

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  11. I really love this quilt! I'm excited to see it finished! We chose our first son's name (Luke) and daughter's name (Bridget) easily, but it took us till nearly the end to choose my second son's name (Alexander). When the right one comes along, you'll know! Good luck choosing! :)

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    1. That's what I think - we'll know. As frustrating as this has been, I want to keep working until we get to a point where it finally feels right.

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  12. Celeste?
    Interesting how one name sounds great to one person, and to another, sounds like "oh No! I knew someone in highschool who was awful and that was her name!!" LOL

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    1. So true that lots about names is personal associations.

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  13. If you like Fiona but not Shrek, how about Ffion? I always think a little Ffion sounds so pretty! Also Cleo, Willow, Grace? Polly, Clara or Lara? Whatever you decide though, it will be so perfect :-)

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    1. I love "Lara". It sounds too much like Aria though, in my opinion. I'm drawn to many names that end in the "ara" sound. Willow and Cleo are some of Brandon's choices, so you're channeling him a bit. It's amazing, actually, how much crossover we can come up here over the internet. It's like group think!

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  14. Ooh and Seren (means star in Welsh) is so beautiful...

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  15. We've had three boys so we've never gotten to name a girl. You're welcome to take my baby girl name, Violet. Good luck!

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    1. Violet is one of my top choices, but Brandon says no. In fact he rejects all "V" names, which was a pet direction of mine.

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  16. Hmmm, some German input then: Ada, Anik, Merle, Thea - I guess, I better stop here. The right name will come, do not fall into panic.

    And if it does not do so immediately - agree a project name. Friends of mine referred to their unborn baby girl as 'Frederick' until they had a name =)

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  17. How about making up a name using letters from you and your husband's names, and or kid's names....
    (My friend Jim and Anne, created the name Mijanne for their daughter)

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    1. I'm still trying to figure out if I like Audrey and Aubrey. Can't decide... but I guess that probably means I don't like them enough. All names ending in "er" are ruled out. Piper Hauser? See what I mean!

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  19. Maren, Nora, Clara. If I would have had another girl I would have used Caroline, but I know that is a long one!! Good luck Rachel!!

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    1. Brandon nixed Nora. Clara has lots of votes here! It's bound to be a popular name soon (not that I would let that stop me).

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  20. You will choose the perfect name when the time is right. Best of luck to you and love the quilt!

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  21. I kind of love the name Cora. As a teacher, I've had some amazing Madisons. I also love Penelope and Calliope.

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  22. How about "Mia" meaning peace. With Rosalie as the middle name, or Rose?

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    1. Mia - a great name! But ends in the same sound as Aria. I probably have too many rules...

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    1. Chloe is another of Brandon's favorites. I seem to have trouble with names that start with the "K" sound. I like them plenty for other people, but I'm stuck on softer sounding names for my girls.

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  24. "A friend googles baby in other languages"...omgosh, SO funny!!!! Neither of my boys were named before they were born...the second was actually named from a ...woodstove (Nashua)!! And it is perfect! So, there y'go! Lol! The name will come with the baby!! (Love love that quilt too!) xoxo!

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  25. Good luck with your baby's name, my son and daughter in law had to name their fourth boy and had a hard time finding a name. They ended up with Parker. Hudson, Davis and Nolan came before. I know it's a long name but I love Charlotte😊

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  26. The quilt is beautiful ;c) I like Hadley Grace for a girl but see you didn't want H names. We had friends with girls named Kennedy, Hazel, Eloise. I like Harper too but it's an H. Addison, Peyton, Piper, Grier, Rowan, Scarlet, Charlotte. Can you tell I didn't get to name either of my kids?? My daughter was born on my husband's birthday so I let him name her and then she named our son. She was only two when she named him. So we have a Mackenzie (Kenzie) and Sam. Good luck with everything!

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  27. I think this quilt is fantastic - names - well I like Joy and I have a brand new little great niece who has just been named that - such a short expressive name😊

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  28. Love love love the quilt! And as far as names, it is tough - even harder than naming quilts! We chose Nancy Anne for our daughter (for both our moms), but after she was born I really thought she didn't look like a Nancy. I wish now I had remembered that I once knew a girl named Davis Anne - my dad's middle name was Davis and it would have been a family name, yet unique. Oh well - kind of like a wedding dress, you only get one shot at it!

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  29. I like the quilt. It is turning out so nice. I love the colors
    I love Alice, Faith, Evangeline, and uh hmmm, There are pretty names. Rosalie is cute. Very feminine.
    Christina and Jason did not have a name, even after their baby was born 16 months ago!!! Hilarious. I came to the hospital and she gave me two choices. I chose Sarah. Now I have to say, they had a hard time because their last name is Aliyetti (Italian much?) so every name they come up with, gave them anxiety. Naming your dear baby is always a special thing. I think anyway, --- oh I have stories otherwise.... some people. :-D

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  30. Skimming through your posts - I really liked NELLE.

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  31. Your quilt is a stunner! So striking, and I adore that red and white print in particular.

    As for names, I love both Shiloh and Margot. Alas, we stopped after only one child, so my two runner-up girl names have gone unused. I'm sure you will decide on something soon. Much love to you and yours.

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  32. Juanita Gertrude! Lol I kid. That was my grandmother's name and it was the running joke about naming my daughter that when I was pregnant. I chose the first name (Ayla) and my husband chose the middle (Elyse). That's how we compromised.

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  33. My sister's middle name is Brenna. And she's a cool chick. Just sayin. Good luck figuring that out. The quilt is RAD!!!

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  34. Love seeing this quilt come to life! What about Irene, that's nice! It will come to ya'll!

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  35. Instead of giving you specific suggestions, I'll just tell you how we chose a couple of our names ... the first one was that we went with the place where we met - in the neighborhood of Tenleytown in Washington DC, so she's Tenley. That's the same as my first initial, so my husband said she had to have an A middle name because that's his initial. The second was going the family history route - the first name was from a strong connection my husband felt when working on some family history and hearing a story about one of his ancestors, and since he chose the first name that time, I chose the middle name - my own. We have 5 girls - it was about time one of them shared my middle name!!

    Good luck! XOXO - treen (not Adam, but I'm using his laptop so I can't change the account)

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  36. I came into this world as Baby Girl. I then became Julie, then my name changed again and I ended up Lindsey. I was almost named Bliss after my father's mother. Lindsey was the last name of the family that raised my father after his parents died.
    Good luck on the perfect name.

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  37. Your post brings back memories of trying to name my Lucy Sue. My husband wanted to name her facebook twitter, blueberry, dolphin, gamma ray, transducer and more I can't recall. I had several rules. 1. It had to be a people name. 2. If I shouted her full name it couldn't make me laugh and undermine my authority and 3. It couldn't be something that would obviously get her bullied. We finally settled on Lucy Sue which when we googled to verify it was the name of some psycho or weird celebrity, we found out it's all the name of a World War II tank that survived and is now used in movies. It sastified my husbands need for the unique, but met all my requirements so it was truly meant to be.

    Good luck!

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  38. Love the quilt! It kind of has a Frank Lloyd Wright vibe to me. As far as the baby names go, how about Bea, Rosa/Rose, Nora Jane, Willa, Phoebe, Grace, Brynne? You'll find the one that just feels right. :-)

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  40. Brielle, Zoey, Ingrid, Matilda, Ruby, Seychelle, Hope, Grace

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  41. Names are so hard! We came up with our first rather quickly, but now that I'm pregnant with our second... crickets. Ha! It's so hard to find something that goes together and fits in my giant list of parameters. One idea might be to search for names by a region/country (Irish, Scandinavian, Italian) - we added a few to our list that way. Also helped in coming up with a name that sounded good with our surname. Good luck!

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  42. Hi Rachel - I love the progress on your quilt. It is so modern looking. Cool vibe. I think you're doing the right thing, holding on loosely to the need to have a name right away. While I was reading your post, I kept thinking Rachel, but women rarely give their daughters their own names. You could go biblical...or pick the name of a woman you've always admired. Good luck!

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  43. I love all the comments, but my humble advice is wait till your precious bundle in born and the name will come, I wanted Adrienne but got howled down and HE ended up James and he is James and I love him so much and love him being James...mind you I do like Stella, for cosmic delights.

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  44. I love the name Esme, mainly the meaning of it sold me. My husband doesn't like it though. :( I love the quilt, the angles of the patchwork and the lines of the woven fabric are just splendid. Names can be tricky, after naming our first son Corwin and everyone calling him Corrine, I realized that there is no perfect name and that the person makes the name. It took a lot of pressure off for our second son Judah. My list of great girl names include - Verona (a family name, pronounced like the beginning of Veronica, not like the Shakespearean town), Iola, Vera, Rosalind, Susan, Teagan is a good one too :) I've enjoyed having it as a name.

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  45. I love your quilt! It's turning out so well. The 30 days of quilt design challenge has been great. Good luck on the baby name. It will probably come to you as soon as you see her. Just make sure it's easy to pronounce so that she doesn't have to explain it literally every single day. (My name rhymes with sorry, but I get called Mary or Marie every day and it's very annoying.)

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  46. We were the same as you with boy names! We ended up taking a short list of 3 or 4 to the hospital, and ended up going with the one we thought we'd choose in the first half of the pregnancy (but in the 2nd half I think we got tired of it?) anyway, our 2 year old daughter helped choose the final name as that's what she always called him. And it still didn't "feel" right to me...for about the next 6 months to a year! We chose the name Theo(dore) and at home I always thought he looks like a Paul, but I'd never name him Paul! �� Anyway, if any of that made sense to you, Theo is now 2 and I think his name suits him well enough. Good luck to you! And the point of my story is that like you, I had heard every single name and none of them just "felt" right. We didn't know when we heard it. It still felt wrong at times during his first year ish. But now it doesn't! Haha. Good luck!!

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  47. I named my first two Charles Joshua (after his father and grandfather) and Chandra Kay (Chandra was a heroine in a book I was reading and Kay is my middle name)so when I was pregnant with the 3rd I told my husband he would have to name her. He picked Priscilla Ann???? When she was born he looked at her and said "she doesn't look like a Priscilla". Thank God. We name her Amie Jo (after one of my grandmothers).

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  48. I love how you have drawn more attention to the points simply by repeating the fabrics for each row.
    I understand wanting to have everything that can be done, done before baby's birthday. Including a name! I imagine your friends are very happy to help find a name especially as there is no pressure in deciding on just the right one. As for long names well they almost always end up shorten anyway. Most of my family and friends call me Belle ;)
    Enjoy your search and your weekend, may both be productive!

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  49. We had the same dilemma with our third -- also a girl. I prayed that God would give us a name, and the next night my husband dreamed that he asked me what I thought about Elsa, and I laughed. So he asked me, and it was perfect (this was before Frozen. :) Don't worry, the right name will come to you, she won't be nameless. :) Other suggestions: Tevi, Yaella, Thirza, Vail, Vita, Nina, Sevita. sarah@forrussia.org

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  50. Siona(see-oh-nah)

    A beautiful girl I went to university with.

    You opened up Pandora's box by mentioning baby names! I had 4 options for my daughter, and she remained nameless for 4 days until we agreed. One of our rules is that it was not in the top 100 baby names.

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  51. Hello Rachel, maybe you want to try something from "overseas" - the link sends you to a german website with girls names (from all over Europe, scandinavian to oriental).
    https://www.vita34.de/service/vornamen/maedchen/
    Before the birth of our twins we had a very long list of girls names, a very short one for our boy. Our daughter got my grans name as middle name: Ruth. Right now my sister has to decide about baby names and I can't wait to start my baby quilt for little niece or nephew! All the best from Germany, Cloud.

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  52. My daughter is named Honore (pronounced without the "e") -- it is an H name, but the H isn't pronounced. She's worn it proudly for 55 years.

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  53. P.S. My chosen name for my little girl was Lucinda -- but when I saw this little chubby baby with a mop of dark hair, she just had to be Honore (I had a Gramma Honore). So even when you pick a name, it may not fit your newborn.

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  54. Ondine is one of my absolute favorite girl's names, though I haven't yet had a daughter to give the name to!

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  55. The quilt is delish and oh gosh I'm loving the name play on here I LOVE NAMES! Esme is fabulous! My friend just had an Aimée which was not on her list at all but it just suited bub. Is Ella too close to Eleni? I think it means belonging which is rather lovely. Elsie was on our list for our first but I've lost track of all your rules hee hee hee have fun. Xxx oh or Sophie... means wisdom

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  56. Selena, Norah, Isla (pretty popular in Australia atm pronounced eye-la), Sara, Belle, Farah, Talitha (means little girl, you know when Jesus says "Talitha get up")... sorry couldn't resist adding more xxx

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  57. You could try row by row for names--start with a first initial, and build from there! And just as with patchwork, if a part already chosen turns out to not fit with later ones, go back and change it until the quilt pattern--or name--is just right.

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  58. I always look to my grandmother's family for names. Stella, Iva, Charlotte, Katherine(Katie),Anne, Melissa. My daughter always had three names on a list and waited until she met the baby to see what fit. That's how we ended up with sweet Nora Margaret, after my grandmother.

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  59. Oh, man, I feel your naming pain! Each subsequent child gets harder because it has to work with the names already in play (and there are more cousins, more friends' kids... more names off the potential list). I set an ambitious "not in the top 1000" for mine (my husband and I both have insanely common names). We had decided on Acadia (nickname "Cady") if we'd had a third girl, and then surprise! a boy (phone call while on vacation in Acadia, so the name still had some nice part of the story) and we had to decide on a not-yet-chosen boy name during the car ride to the hospital. I'm sure between now and holding her in your arms, though, the right name will finally jump out!

    As for the quilt, I really love the way you broke up the outside rows in that middle pic with a few blocks of a quieter pairing - the first pic I thought how busy that yellow plaid was, but then that middle pic was like, "ah!" perfect solution for the eye : )

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  60. I've got some half rectangles up on my wall too. It's fun to play with a new shape. Our birth plan went from A to Z and I didn't see Roan at first but could hear my husband tell the staff his name was Roan. The first thought I had was what if he didn't look like a Roan?! We thought we were so original, but now there are a million Roans;)

    I always liked Clara.

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  61. Here are my criteria for names: Make sure it's easy to say, so that the poor child doesn't have to correct it every. single. time! If it's a common name or word, don't give it a weird spelling, so she doesn't get asked "how do you spell that?", every. single. time! I worked in a school for many years, so I've seen the poor kids with the 'oddball' names that no one could pronounce right or spell. My mother's name was Agnes, and she hated it her whole life, so she went by a nickname instead. I see you don't like "K" names, but a name I've just heard that appeals to me for boys or girls is "Kenley". Anyway ... good luck with the name and everything else! Candy

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  62. Phoenix comes to mind - Phee for short. The name I wanted for a granddaughter (I was blessed with two grandsons so it's available) was Ainsley. Its an Irish name and means meadow. When you hold her in your arms the name that rests easy on her will make itself known. In the meantime enjoy finishing both your addition and this lovely quilt :0)

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  63. How about Tilly. Short, doesn't start with A, L, or E, and doesn't end in ia.

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  64. oooh so many comments.
    Cecile... that is a lovely name.
    You are in my prayers

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  65. I like to think that my baby decided how she wanted to be named (since I had a dream about her name and we talked FOREVER about baby names and when I proposed her name, he said yes right away. Clearly a sign!).

    So she was named Elyane Leora. Elyane because she decided and Leora means "light" in greek.

    It could have been an Elizabeth Rose (I know too long for you though) and I absolutely love Flora for a girl. But we have a last name ends with an F so I have to cross this one off of the list!

    Good luck finding a name and trust that it will come to you and feel just right :)

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  66. How about Desirée (Wanted, which pretty much sums her up, doesn't it)? You could shorten it to Desi.

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  67. Not sure with so many comments on the name choice - but while I was reading your thoughts on names - ever thought about Ruby ? Apart from that, your quilt is just phantastic ! Love your fabric choice.

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  68. Milena..... (or.... Naomi)

    We waited a few days each time in the hospital to name our two children, had 'short list' ideas both times. The first time came home using the top name we went in with. The second time we came home with a name we had never considered!

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  69. Oh my gosh this doesn't sound like you!! How did you come up with Liam, Aria and Elenis names? Maybe you're trying too hard x

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  70. I know you have received many suggestions/thoughts by now, but when I think of you, I think about your faith - so maybe Faith would be a name to consider

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  71. How about Poppy...just sounds happy and full of joy :-) or Rose (rosie) ...Faith is a great name as is Grace :-) all names that are peaceful and relaxing...make you take a breath and sigh...know when you meet her a name will come to be...

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  72. Good luck with a name! I feel ya. Everytime we've had a name picked out and it feels right, my husband invariably pulls out the baby name book a week before baby and starts all over. With our girl, we'd narrowed it down to two and just alternated which we called her in the hospital until one felt right and stuck.

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  73. My favorites of all the ones mentioned are Willa and Belle...perhaps Willa Belle? I love the beauty in it's simplicity. 😌. My husband and I have always named our children after Catholic saints but if we didn't a name I'd love to use is Beatrix. I'm looking forward to hearing what you two decide on. Peace be with you! xo.

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  74. For what it's worth, I love Greta. It was my grandmother's name and she was my heart.

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  75. Well, what about portuguese as Julia, Nelia, Suzel, Diana, Luana, Dina, Yola, Céu, how does it sound with US pronounce?

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  76. My daughter is Josephine or Josie. I loved Nora or Nina but her last name starts with N so no N names. Our runner up was Penelope. Today I saw a little girl Violet and thought that would be a good name for a quilter's baby :) I like long names myself, old names, prefer not too popular but of course now that we've named our daughter we meet Josephines everywhere. We have a lot of rules here too!

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  77. First of all, this quilt is gorgeous -- simple, yet so striking. (And who doesn't love loominous?) As for names, we too struggle (well, more like *I* struggle, and my husband bears with me!) Anyway, before our first was born I stumbled upon the SSA's "Beyond the Top 1000 Names" database. https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/limits.html

    It's organized by year going back to the late 1800s, so if you feel like you've turned over every stone, maybe something will jump out at you! Or not - either way, good luck! :)

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  78. Marit is Norwegian for Mary. (I named my daughter Jaime Marit many years ago) and many times wish I had called her Marit. We pronounce it "merit," but I think "Mar-it" is correct.
    All the best to you and your family as you ready to welcome the little one.

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  79. The quilt is coming along beautifully! I have always loved my grandmas name Neva and the name Maren. Its fun to see all these amazing name ideas.

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  80. If our youngest had been a girl he would have been Sylvie or Eliza. It was so easy to come up with girl names when we needed a boy name, it seems like that's how it goes.

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