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    Funny or Mean?

    My older brother and his wife are expecting a daughter this summer (my mom's second grandbaby after Sawyer). We already made them what is probably my favorite quilt I've made to date.

    Now I want to make them some customized burp cloths out of cloth diapers (If you don't know what I'm talking about check pinterest for the 10,000 different ways to do this). I wanted to applique the initials onto them but my brother is being really weird about sharing the name. I know they have picked it out but they are "reserving the right to change their mind" which is double-speak for "we picked a non-traditional name and don't want you to try to talk us out of it". Since I don't have a name, monogramming is going to be difficult.

    Solution:

    My plan is to make a 3 burp cloth set in a fancy cloth bag with appliques of a letter C (the baby's last name will be Cooper), a girl stick figure, and a question mark.

    So- is going to all the trouble to applique a question mark on the third cloth good natured fun or is it mean?

    I would say my borther and I have a pretty good relationship. I think we have always been competitive because he was always very good in school while I was, at best, a C student but I always had "real world" skills like sewing or rebuilding a carburetor while he was more of a virtual problems computers guy (He works for Microsoft now). I think it is cute and all in good fun but I wanted some other opinions before I move forward.

    The fabric I bought to make the carrying bag for the burp cloths is Virginia Tech fabric from my LQS. My brother has a bachelors and masters from VT and he is a huge fan of the school.
    Loosely based on a true story.

    #2
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    Brothers are brothers and there is nothing wrong with poking some fun but I would take into consideration how the mom would react (hormonal and all... ) - You could just wait until after the baby is born if you want to put the name on the burp cloths; or possibly just ask for the first initial and put the baby's initials on them

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      #3
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      I have four brothers so I know what teasing is all about. I think if I were going to take the effort to stitch on them I would either just do something girly or wait till you find out the name. You have something to give even before the baby comes and you could take the others with you the first time you visit cause you should know her name by then.
      Vernona:icon_hi:

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        #4
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        Sounds like a good natured joke. I'll have to keep this in mind for when we finally get the announcement that our DD is expecting (hopefully soon), already know they will be keeping the name secret.
        Beth

        Procrastinate. It frees up time to quilt!

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          #5
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          I love the idea of the question mark. How fun it will be to have a funny story to tell the little one years from now when she wants to know why a question mark. As long as it is given appropriately maybe with a funny card, I think it sounds fun. I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters, so I surely know what its like to make life fun. My brothers are a hoot
          Karen
          Life is short - Live everyday to the fullest

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            #6
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            I think it sounds fun. I made some fun burp cloths that had a spit up embroidery on them. It went over really well. lol
            🌺 Lorie

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              #7
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              I am all for not telling baby's name before it is born and cetificate signed. Seems like there is always someone who wont agree with the name you pick. Would not embroider question marks. Might do them on a card to go with gift. We ladies can be very emotional while pregnant or postpartum. Hope the cousins grow to be great friends.
              "Never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it"
              Hillary Clinton

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                #8
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                I'm with Songbird on this. There are more people involved than just you and your brother and my not get the ribbing.

                IF it were me I'd gift the gorgeous quilt and include a card addressed to "Miss ? Cooper" with a note saying something like:
                "Your Daddy wouldn't let me know your name until they were able to hold you! So you will get another present with your initials on them as soon as you make it into their arms. Love you already ... get here soon!"

                Or if you aren't giving them the quilt in advance of the birth just MAIL the card now.

                That way the story is on record; you have your question mark; no feelings offended; and can be saved in her baby book (if they still do those things now......)
                Last edited by Judy, USMC; April 13, 2014, 02:34 PM.

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                  #9
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                  When in doubt, don't do it.
                  ~ Anna ~

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                    #10
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                    I agree with Wwena. When in doubt don't. I have a large brood of kids and we never shared name or sex with anyone. Be creative in a different way. You have a lifetime to monogram.

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                      #11
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                      Maybe you could make one burp cloth with "Sawyer's Favorite Cousin" just for fun.
                      "I'm putting together a list of 100 reasons why I am NOT relentless!" - Sue Heck, The Middle

                      Leonard: For God's sake, Sheldon, do I have to hold up a sarcasm sign every time I open my mouth?
                      Sheldon (intrigued): You have a sarcasm sign?

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                        #12
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                        Agree with the others!
                        Would opt for "sugar and spice and everything nice"
                        That's what little girls are made of

                        Postpartum moms do not take good natured jokes well....
                        Happy Quilting!

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                          #13
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                          And don't even think about taking a picture of her in a cooking pan . . .
                          Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
                          it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

                          "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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                            #14
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                            A lot of people don't share the name with anyone when they are expecting because they don't want someone they know who might be expecting to take it.

                            Also, this was also your sister in law's decision. She may see this as you not respecting her wishes for her child with her husband.

                            I'd let him have this, it's his child. Burp clothes can be made after the baby comes.
                            Last edited by kensington; April 13, 2014, 03:29 PM.

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                              #15
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                              In this day and age is there any chance the doctor/tests might be wrong and they have a son instead?

                              Or they might think it's bad luck to let everyone know ahead of time. Or, they might take one look at the baby and decide on another name.

                              I like the cute sayings posted above. Sawyer's favorite cousin and the sugar and spice one. You could come up with some more like Princess Cooper. Sawyer is known as mini Cooper. Are there any other types of Coopers?
                              Vonnie

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