Finish It Friday (on Tuesday)

Finishing work is only 10 % of most projects but takes 90% of the time. It’s easy to lose momentum and not get to those little details. 


I’m pleased to report that I have finally completed the main baby quilt. I had the piecing and quilting done before the baby was born a month ago today. It has taken me this long to get label completed. 

First I learnt a thing or two about monograms which my daughter taught me. Then I mastered my fancy machine and learnt to use the memory keys and played with different sizes and styles.  

                      A B C

                  Feb 7 2017 

BUT, although my test patch was perfect, my end result was ugly. Like really ugly. Like no pictures exists because I may have had tears in my eyes. Lots of skipped stitches. Retrospectively found out a few things I didn’t do. Meanwhile we painstakingly ripped it out. 


Then decided to go rustic. My daughter liked that I always put hearts in my free motion quilting so wanted a heart. That was overly easy compared to the satin stitch monogram. Loads of ripping out and going back a few stitches to start over. Then I tried French knots for the a and c which are little. Then I ripped that out and went back to satin stitches. Not super happy with the size variations as the B is supposed to read bigger and somehow that C ended up too big but Grampa said that Baby A won’t care. 

I used some “vintage” labels I found while cleaning out my sewing drawers. Circa 1992 when my daughter was small and I did lots of sewing for her. 


 It’s not perfect that’s for sure but it’s #madewithlove and now it’s finally complete! 

Bernie 

A unicorn parade 

I think the world needs more unicorns. It would be a kinder happier place if the unicorns dropped in to visit or where seen fleetingly in the sky at dusk. 

Turns out my daughter believes in unicorns. She’s convinced her pretty mare Mia is secretly a  unicorn. Hard to argue with that one hey! 

So when she found out, via ultrasound, that this first grand baby of ours was going to be a girl a unicorn parade was born. It’s truly amazing how many super cute unicorn items she has found. The “guest book” at the baby shower was a plush unicorn that we all signed. Well played on the part of Lexi, part of the shower planner duo. A boy nursery would have been deer antlers but instead there is a unicorn “head” on the wall in the nursery with a coral frame around it. 


So when the consummate shopper, our daughter, found unicorn fabric she was all over that. I have subsequently gone back and bought 3 more panels of it! That has been the “base” building block for many items I have created. The big ticket item, the quilt, is the only one without unicorns but the fabrics all intertwine. 

Side 1 baby burrito
Side 2 baby burrito
Car seat cover
Inside Car seat cover or bassinet blanket
The Unicorns for a mobile
A whole cloth quilt
THE QUILT! Ready for the monogram
All created before the wee one has arrived!

I’ve had so much fun sewing for this little one!! I bought extra of the flowered fabric as I am pretty sure it will look darling as cap sleeves and the little collar on a baby blue dress! Such fun days ahead! 

Bernie