When I was pregnant with my first child, I started working on his baby blanket while he was still in utero and finished it within the same 9 months. For my second child, I patched one together after he was born and completed it before he was out of diapers. My third child, who is currently 9, just received her baby blanket this year. Luckily, once I got around to starting the project, it took very little time to complete. I had already made the design (which had been inspired by my daughter to begin with). The illustrations I make are, for the most part, structured on a grid, which lends itself perfectly to the medium of quilting. All I needed to do was get the image printed onto fabric, layer it on batting and backing, and sew.
If you have a third child coming into your life and can't find the time to piece together a quilt top, try using a cheater quilt top (which is what this is). If you like the one pictured above, you can find it in my Spoonflower shop. I'd recommend printing it onto the Kona cotton, which is what I did. One yard contains the entire design and costs about $19. When you look at the design you'll notice that the grid of images is 4 squares high by 5 squares wide. I wanted to make more of a square shaped quilt, so I trimmed off the first row. Maybe I'll use the extra fabric for a pillow top at some point, but for now, I'm just happy that my daughter loves her new baby quilt.