Just before Thanksgiving, I received some amazing news. I was literally speechless when I read on the Sew Mama Sew blog that my entry into their Teach-a-Friend-to-Sew event had won the grand prize— a sewing machine!!
After discussing with Husband, we decided that this sewing machine was to be V’s. Really, the blog post was about her sewing, so it just made sense.
After things had settled down a bit after the holidays and our traveling, I decided it was high time we took the machine for a test drive!!
She’d been playing with her doll and stuffed animals and using some old cloths for blankets. I thought it would be fun to put together a small doll quilt. I collected cotton scraps for her to choose from, and she picked 18 different pieces. I cut them into rectangles for us to piece together (I sized the pieces so that they would make a reversible quilt that would fit a scrap of batting I had). V arranged them into a front and back for the quilt.
Vivian helped me to unpack the machine…
And we got started on the sewing.
We didn’t do all the piecing in one evening, but after it was all finished a couple sewing sessions later, I made the quilt sandwich and did some quick free motion stitching in a loopy pattern. The pieced binding (my current favorite kind!!) is made from some of the same scraps as the blocks, and it was a quick sew to hand-finish it!
Now there is a cozy little blanket for V’s stuffed friends.