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Labour of Love

At the beginning of last year I had made it my goal to become better friends with my sewing machine. As life would have it I never got a chance to blog about the special sewing project I undertook before Christmas, but the good news is that I am slowly convincing my sewing machine we should be friends. I’m not sure my sewing machine is convinced we are best friends but I am for sure in the acquaintance category so that’s a good starting point.

I got the idea for this crafting project as I started to de-clutter my son’s room. I had a pile of clothes and sleepers that no longer fit him. I slowly packed them up and whilst doing so it brought back a flood of emotions. I realised that each of the little newborn sleepers, shirts, and sweaters held so many precious memories. I didn’t want to pack them away in a box or give them away. I decided that I would take the ones that were from his newborn to six month phase and make a quilt out of them. I began to pick our favourites and started to cut out tiny squares to use for the quilt. I was so eager and excited that I would get to hold onto these memories and be able to wrap them around my little guy. Each square would tell a story. Like this one, this was the first morning waking up at home with our little miracle;

Or the first Mother’s Day gift I received, matching shirts because life is rad;

Or the countless naps that made my heart melt;

These are just some of the memories I see whenever I look at the quilt I made, these and so many more. I can’t believe he was ever this tiny, time is a thief! It’s easy to forget, as most days I’m just trying to keep up and survive an ever adventurous toddler.

I have to say that this project was beyond my skill level and you can tell if you look closely at my stitching. I didn’t anticipate that each square would be a slightly different material and would stretch and move around so much. If I had to do it over again I would definitely be more aware of this and try to keep the squares more in line.

Not the best picture but I took this one as I was nearing the end of my labours. I was elated as I could finally see my masterpiece coming together.

My finished product, all sewn up and completed. You can’t see it but I am giving myself a pat on the back. It’s not perfect by any means but you can guarantee it was made with a lot of love.

 

I definitely have a long way to go on becoming besties with my sewing machine but I am so proud of the finished product. I spent countless hours cutting, pinning, and sewing all in the name of love. I hope my little guy loves his blanket as much as I did making it for him. I am so happy I found a way to hold all the memories of the first few months of his life close by, ones that we can laugh at and ones we will cherish forever!

I didn’t follow a pattern for this project but you can find a similar style on my Pinterst board, just click the link here. Happy sewing friends 🙂

 

 

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