The Bernina at Seams French was not the only one busy stitching before Christmas. During my daughter's pregnancy, hand stitching became a way for her to relax and prepare for the baby's arrival. The first photo shows the quilt that she started hand piecing when she was just weeks into the pregnancy. She machine quilted it and completed the last few rows about a week before baby H arrived. Talk about timing. Because she found the hand piecing very relaxing, when the quilt had been pieced, she spent evenings hand stitching the star fish bunting now hanging on the wall behind the crib.
|Baby H has now laid claim to this bright and sunny room. She loves "chattering" to the calico prints in the quilt.|
This little cross stitch kitty was something that I had embroidered during my pregnancy with my daughter, (many moons ago). Alas, because it was never stuffed at the time, it never did find it's way into her crib. But now, all these years later, it has finally found it's home.
|Pretty kitty keeping watch.|
Of the more practical items sewn, receiving blankets were a priority. Some were sewn with a double layer of flannel, others with only a single. All are in use and appreciated. The stitching frenzy of the past number of months included gifts for family and friends as well.
Some of the blankets had little pockets sewn into them into which a toy or little gift can be tucked.
|A little burp cloth matches this blanket.|
|A knit hat and booties completed this gift.|
|One of a number of burp cloths made to match the blankets.|
A fold up change pad travels easily or stores easily at grams place. I made one for H to take home with her and one for her to use at our place.
|I found a cheerful, springy blue laminated fabric to use on the inside for easy clean up.|
A heavier blanket, made with cotton and a fleece lining, attaches to the stroller or a car seat.
The Bernina got a lot more mileage then the photos above show, but this is a sampling of what we (Bernina and I) did. With fun fabrics and trims, and fairly simple, quick stitching, I admit that I enjoy sewing for baby and am looking forward to many more Seams Baby projects.