When my friend announced that she was expecting I got right to work on her gift. I knew exactly what I wanted to give her. My friend and I headed to the quilting expo and I scored plenty of fabric for my project. And now because the gift has been given, I can share with you how it went . . . and what it was!
The first project was a nursing cover. It's fairly simple but from what I've heard, very handy to have when needing to nurse your baby in front of people or in a public setting. I used a material that was fairly feminine since the mother is the one who has to wear it. (The baby's gender is unknown). I found a tutorial online at Prudent Baby that was easy to follow.
Here's the finished product:
First step was cutting a lot of 5" squares
Laying out my pieces . . . it changed a few times
All the blocks were sewn together - the front is now done!
This is the back of the front piece, I just get a kick out of all those seams!
It's finished! The finished size is about 32" x 38"
The back -- didn't turn out as smooth as I would have liked, but it was a good attempt - next time I'll be more careful.
Close-up of the quilting on the front. I did an "echo" quilting pattern which echoes the block seams by sewing 1/4" on either side of the seam. It was easier than doing something freehand and went well with the block pattern.
Thanks to my husband I was able to spend two entire weekends working on the quilt so it was done in time for the baby shower. He covered my chores and encouraged me every step of the way. It's always nice to have your own cheering section!
I really enjoyed making these things. Quilting really isn't very difficult, it just takes time and patience (and precision with those 1/4" seams). I'm glad I found a new hobby -- one I hope will bless others with warmth and love!