So, I started this quilt a month ago and then the internet erased my post. Dangit, internet. This is a new thing for wordpress to do to me, and I hope it never happens again! Ok, fingers crossed this blog doesn’t disappear on me too!
This was designed to be big enough to work as a carseat cover. I know that carseat covers can be dangerous, but I promise not to use it in a dangerous way! They are also very handy for keeping sun off your red headed pale skinned baby and using as impromptu picnic blankets!
Before I started the hand-sewing I used a cream colored thread and did some quick and dirty machine quilting to baste all the layers together.
I used a stem stitch. Depending on how you do the stitch looks different on the back. I follow this tutorial’s method (I love Needlenthread for all things embroidery!). As a bit of embroidery trivia, Sublime Stitching does their stem stitch differently which would give you a different look on the back. The way I did it, shows up as this wrapped sort of stitch on one side, and a rough, primitive looking straight stitch on the other side. Above you see the back of my stitching, and below is the front side of the stem stitch.
I embroidered her name on just one of the sides of the fabric, as I didn’t’ want the letters showing up backwards on the other side!
It doesn’t have batting in it, which makes it really thin and light. It also makes is slightly trickier to bury your thread between the layers, and I’m a little worried about my threads popping out.
The fabric is by Sarah Watts, Timber and Leaf with some linen and linen binding.
This was so nice to get back to hand-sewing. I’m teaching a hand-sewing class in a few weeks at Dabble and Stitch, a fun store in my neighborhood. I’m pretty excited about it!
Finally, here it is on the carseat. Not the most charismatic photo ever… There’s no baby in there! I made some matching bias tape strings to use to attach the blanket to the carseat, but never bothered attaching them. I just keep this in the car as her car blanket. Because my baby is spoiled rotten with quilts!