I have never had minky fabric in our apartment until I won some and used it for a baby girl quilt. When I was working on it, Henry loved lying on it and cuddling with it. He never seemed jealous, but there was never a baby wrapped up in. Also, Henry got lots of baby quilts and blankets when he was born, but he's kind of grown out of them now. I decided to make Henry a toddler/child sized quilt by combining two baby quilts and backing it with minky, so there would be no jealousy over blankets.
I had two quilts roughly the same size. One was a jungle animal theme that came with his bedding set. I still really love it and all the animals. The other quilt was one that I made Henry. It's a simple tied quilt with an adorable lion print. I cut the lion quilt into four pieces and sewed them around the jungle quilt. I didn't unpick anything and didn't even take out the ties. (I know, all you quilters out there are cringing because I took major shortcuts and did it unconventionally.) When I laid out the quilt to get a picture, Henry wanted to cuddle on it. At least it shows you the size ratio!
I got the minky fabric at a Joann's Black Friday sale. 50% off is the only way I'd buy this fabric, and it still seemed too expensive to me. I used the minky as the back and did some machine quilting around the animals, so there's a cool pattern. Since I used other quilts, I didn't have to worry about sewing through all the batting because it had already been done! Then I used the minky to self-bind the edges which I sewed with a machine because I hate hand-stitching.
Here's the quilt on Henry's new toddler bed. We switched him from his crib to this tent bed last week, and he has done fabulous. I think he sleeps better on his bed than he did in his crib! The tent is $20 from Ikea. I was going to make him a tent, but I didn't want it falling on Henry in the night if he wiggled too much. And $20 is probably how much I would've had to spend on fabric and supplies for a tent anyway.
This is also the progress on the shared nursery. This picture is from the doorway; the rocking chair and dresser are in the closet to the left. I'm getting through my list of projects I want to do before the baby comes. The only things left I have to do are making a cushion for the bookshelf bench, recovering the chair (that one might not happen; it's way too hard to bend over), putting new pulls and legs on the dresser, making a rope hamper (a big question mark on if I still want this), and making a new diaper bag (halfway done!).