I started quilting many years ago and back then I did all of my quilts completely by hand. I always thought machine quilting was cheating, but I have since found out that it is so much more challenging getting everything square on a sewing machine as the machine is not quite as forgiving as hand stitching, but I love the challenge. This quilt is the first one I have worked on in almost a year, so it was a whole new learning curve again for me. No, the points are not perfect and my long arm stitching could be a bit better, but it was made with love and is finished. All good things, right?
The backing for the quilt is this scrumptiously soft fabric called Minky. It's not the easiest fabric to work with, but I love how soft it is. If there are going to be problems on a machine stitched quilt, it will be on the back, so to be safe I used a soft gray thread. Surprisingly the thread behaved with the backing, which was a very nice surprise indeed. The quilt stitch I used was a very open stipple stitch, which kept the quilt soft and not too dense.
Wanting to tuck a little something extra to make it special for a special little boy I quilted his name in the bottom corner. I really do enjoy working on the long arm machine because it's so easy to be creative, but I know I need to use it a lot more to get more proficient on it. I made sure to load another quilt right on it while I still have the memory of what to do fresh in my mind.
Little baby Finley had his first haircut last week when he turned 6 months old. His dad wouldn't let it be clipped until the Bruin's hockey season came to an end. He loved his little guy's messy hockey hair...haha!
It makes me chuckle as my children never had this much hair until they were at least a year old, let alone need a hair cut.
We had Finley here Sunday and Monday while his parents went to wedding, so I had a chance to snap off some pictures. This one is my favorite....babies are just so dear. We really enjoyed having this little guy stay with us!