Saturday, 1 March 2014

February Challenge: Love

For the February challenge theme of "love" I decided to make a memory blanket set for the Miracle Babies Foundation.  They support premature and sick newborns and their families, and the blanket set is part of a memory box which is given to a grieving family.  It contains two lovingly handmade identical blanket and pillows. One set for the family to wrap their baby in and the other to keep in the memory box provided.

This project was made extra challenging for me as I was trying to only use items from my stash, and I did not really have anything suitable.  I ended up using some white cotton and dye, and then to create the applique heart I used some of the fancy embroidery stitches on my sewing machine between rows of pintucks.

It was the first time I have actually used my pintuck foot, and I was surprised by how easy it turned out to be.   The only issue I had was when I miss-threaded the machine and snapped one of my double needles.

The embroidered fabric didn't look as good before I blocked it out and cut out the heart shapes!

The roses that run along the top of the lace are a braid I have had in my stash for years - it had to be hand sewn on, but it was worth the effort as it finishes off the design nicely.  The single rose at the top of each heart also neatens the join in the lace.

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