So, I decided instead of sharing something new, I would share something old and it's little story. Something from before I had a quilting blog that none of you have probably ever seen. And more importantly, something that shows a technique from me that will probably never be seen again. Hand Stitching!!!
I made this quilt in 2008 for my sweet Sister-In-Law upon the arrival of their first baby girl. I absolutely love the pink and brown color scheme so I gathered up some of my scraps and set out to do something new. See, at this time I was still fairly new to the quilting world and had stuck to just following patterns. I had seen so many adorable baby stitches (mostly from my other SIL who stitches like crazy) and thought it would be fun to incorporate some into a quilt, but I couldn't find a pattern that had baby stitches in the quilt that I liked. So at that point, I realized if I wanted it, I would have to make it up myself. So I did. I pulled out my trusty excel skills that I hadn't used since becoming a mommy and went to work trying my hand at designing for the first time. This is what I came up with :)
Now this was my first attempt at designing so I stuck to squares and rectangles. Nothing to fancy. (and it probably was good I did as I made a few errors in my math along the way and had to adjust later on :) This was also one of mt first attempts at quilting. My machine at this time, did not have free motion capabilities, so I opted for stitch in the ditch. I learned a lot, especially a lot of what not to do's :) But all in all I had a lot of fun with designing, piecing, and quilting this quilt and learned a lot along the way.
The quilt was fun, the stitching however, not so much fun. I know many people love stitching and find it relaxing, I on the other hand found it slow and frustrating. Hence, I don't think I have done much hand stitching since this quilt, and don't have plans to do a lot in the future :) But I have to admit, even though I didn't like it, I really like the way the stitches turned out. (So maybe some day I will suck it up and do it again :)
And here it is hanging above my nieces crib. Her Mother loved it which made me love it all the more.
My favorite thing about a post like this . . . To see how much I have learned since I made this quilt, how much better my skills are, and to imagine how far they will go in the future :) It is a great thing!!