Baby Life Quilt

I started this project a few weeks ago. It’s taken me a while due to laziness and only having time during the weekends. Now that papers have been graded (I also teach undergrad classes) I have some free time in the evenings again.

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I got the instructions for the quilt from Moda Bake Shop and this Is my second big sewing project. I just thought it was so cute and it’s really the biggest reason why I started sewing in the first place. I think the first time I saw it was about 9 months ago; my daughter was 4 months old and that’s really all she did. Eat, Play, Sleep, Repeat. On a related note, my daughter LOVES blankets.

This was really a labor of love. A lot of what I did was new to me. Patchwork? Blanket stitch? Making and sewing-on binding? It was also a good learning experience and I can say now that I love sewing!

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The little guy above is the panda from one of her first baby blankets. She’s a January baby so we had a lot of cold nights when she was a newborn and we used that blanket a lot. It has since started to deteriorate and she’s been trying to eat the lint balls. I decided to cut out the panda and stitch it onto her new blanket.

I also figured out why my sewing machine kept jamming. For those of you who might have that issue, I start my stitch using the hand wheel while holding the thread “tails” in the back of the machine. Voilá! No jamming! Unless you’re listening to an awesome station on Pandora.

While I’m on that… Here is part of my sewing soundtrack from the last day:

    Blackstreet – Don’t Leave
    Mary J. Blige – I’m Going Down
    Boyz II Men – Water Runs Dry
    New Edition – Cool It Now
    Jodeci – Come and Talk to Me
    Sheila E. – Glamorous Life
    Whitney Houston – You Give Good Love
    BBD – Poison

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