One project done; another begun! Meggan's quilt is finished--all done, including the binding and label.....yea!
I was hoping to have it finished in time to give to her while they were visiting, but I had to choose between sewing and visiting, and the grandbabies are saying, "Grandmay" way too cute.
So, instead of sewing for hours as planned, I played with "the grandbebes." It was certainly as much fun playing. Meggan's quilt is actually fairly simple, strips of neutral fabric with an occasional, random red pieces to break up the quiet. The red strips are sewn in perpendicular to the neutrals. The two sides have a wide border with appliqued tulips, Meggan's favorite flower. To stick with the red theme and to give the quilt a frame, I used the same red for the binding. Overall, not a bad job, don't you agree?
Because I finished Meggan's quilt early this morning, I decided to make a few NICU gowns with the fabric that Jan-Maree sent from her recent giveaway. You can find her blog here. Her Aussie Hero Quilts blog is here.
I added a few pieces of themed fabrics and cut out 18 gowns, eight of them from some of Jan-Maree's precious fabric. For every outer piece, I need a lining, so I cut lots of muslin linings.
I didn't get all 18 sewn up today but didn't expect to. I use an assembly line system: there aren't many seams, so I stitch all of the seams on a gown and set it aside.
When they're all sewn, I'll turn and press the gowns then make the final closing seam before adding the Velcro closures. They'll all get washed, dried and pressed again before going to the NICU at Women's and Children's Hospital in Lafayette, where Caki was born. My tutorial for making the gowns is here.
I feel blessed to be able to do this for the preemies and their families. Having felt the joy of seeing a grand-baby in a tiny gown for the first time, I know what it means to parents and grandparents. Share something you do to make the world a better place or to help others. All you have to do is leave a comment!