Baby D-day is estimated in 39 days. Not that anyone around here is counting or anything. I still have a ton of work to do before she makes her appearance (female pronouns are so fun to use!). But progress is being made. And with each completed To-Do, I get more excited and motivated to get the rest of it done, too.
The room is painted and looks pretty darn good. It’s so bright and cheery and exactly what I wanted. But my favorite thing so far? The quilt! I finished it and I’m head over heals in love.
I used Cotton Way’s Abundantly Blessed table topper pattern, increasing in length and width. I highly recommend this pattern. I don’t quilt, and this came together easily and quickly, and, well, looks awesome.
I’ve also finished the bumper pads using Simplicity pattern 3795.
And here is my three-year-old showing one off. He was a bit jealous that his big brother got to hold the quilt in the above pictures. Excuse the bedhead and dire need of haircut. I swear sometimes I actually make them look presentable, but sewing and gestating has taken top priority over the general aesthetic upkeep and care of my non-embryonic children. But cute bumper, right?!I started out quilting/appliqueing the quilt on my regular machine, a Viking Lily 550. It’s supposed to be great for quilting, but I was less than impressed with the stitches it was spitting out. Granted, I don’t really know what I’m doing and rely a bit heavily on default settings, but still. Not pretty.So I switched over to Grandma’s ‘38 Singer and man! Why don’t I use this thing more often? Oh, yeah, because I only have three bobbins for it and weighs more than any of my children. But check out those uniform stitches! As I was working on the Singer, I thought how much more special this quilt will be for my daughter, having been made on her great-grandmother’s machine. Like a multi-generational link in fabric and thread. Plus, it just looks so right to have a quilt under the needle of the Singer. Maybe I’ll have to try another sometime. But first, back to my Baby To-Do list!