Monday, February 18, 2013

Hand Quilted Baby Quilt

A friend is having a baby in a couple of weeks, so it's time to get crafting. Since this is baby #2 and the family already has most of everything they need, I wanted to create something more treasure-able
than strictly useful.

Everything prior to quilting my quilt, was done with the sewing machine. I would love to craft an entire quilt by hand... someday... in the far off future when I no longer need to eat, sleep, clean, or raise a child. I sit at my computer desk in awe of such beautiful things, but I have been blessed with a sewing machine. Thank you God for my sewing machine :)

1. I used this method from Smile and Wave to piece the quilt top together
2. I used safety pins to baste the quilt. That is, to hold my quilt top, batting layer, and quilt bottom in place.
3. Let the quilting begin! After seeing this on Pinterest I knew I had to try the adorably sweet look of hand quilting. The sign of a good quilter would be even, perfect looking stitches, but the thing I love most about hand-quilting is the imperfections. I followed my stitch-in-the-ditch lines, then went on diagonals across the quilt.
4. I used this method from Prudent Baby for binding.

When all was said and done, I slung the quilt over a chair to use as a backdrop for 6 month old baby pictures:


Monday, February 4, 2013

DIY nursing cover

"Don't make something unless it is both made necessary and useful;

but if it is both necessary and useful,

don't hesitate to make it beautiful." -- Shaker dictum

I don't know about you, but I adore handmade baby shower gifts. The things I cherished the most from my own baby shower were all handmade. They are the things that I love to use because they are beautiful, useful, and made with love. It was with that appreciation for the things made for me, that I made this nursing cover for a friends baby shower.

I followed this tutorial from Prudent Baby. I am head-over-boots about the boning which makes it easy to see baby while you're nursing. Believe you me, nursing with a cover is no picnic. Baby is squirming like crazy, trying to find the nipple, trying to pull off the cover, getting blasted in the face because your milk just let down. I don't have an extra hand to hold the cover in the right place to insure visibility without flashing the room. I currently have 2 covers. One with the life-saving boning... one without. I bet you can guess which one actually gets use.
The one change that I made to this nursing cover is that I lined it with flannel. Soft, but not as heavy as fleece or terry cloth. Something to give the cover a little more weight, and an absorbent opportunity to clean up milk spray.