Can you believe it? It only took me a week to whip up this patchwork bib, sleep sack and quilt! It's amazing what a motivator getting paid is. That's right...I got paid! Am I giving up my day job? Heck no, but it is pretty exciting.
A colleague at work asked me to make something handmade so she could give her best friend a lovely little baby shower gift later this month. We had one quick pow wow looking through some fabric websites and Etsy before she basically gave me carte blanche to buy some fabrics and get sewing. I presented her with the finished projects this morning and she really seemed to like them...fingers crossed that her friend will too!
The bib is a pattern from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby book which I modified to add the binding and opted not to include the pocket.
The sleep sack is from Anna Maria Horner's latest book, Handmade Beginnings. I am in love with this pattern! I wish it were around when Abner was smaller...when I think of the money we spent on sleep sacks...well, let's just say, I could whip up at least two for the price we paid for each of ours.
The quilt is my own creation...not that there's anything tricky about the design. I went for straight up patchwork with continuous binding. The top is just a mix of standard quilting cottons and a cotton flannel on the back.
To quilt it, I used three different embroidery hoops and hand stitched circles in three different colours all over the quilt. The effect is absolutely amazing and it was so easy to do. I really enjoyed the rhythm of all that hand sewing, and I honestly don't think I'll do any more machine quilting. It's way less frustrating doing it by hand.
I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and am looking forward to many more paid projects to come!