Saturday, February 6, 2010

YEA!!! A Baby Shower

Time for some fun!!!

Some very dear family friends of ours are having a baby boy soon.
I bought this "Featherweight" machine a couple of years ago for the "blanket stitch" to use on my picnic basket quilt and many other projects. I LOOOOVE the blanket stitch for applique.
Now was the time to do some more experimenting. So I used stitch No. 13 on the edge of this baby blanket. BTW, did you notice the 2nd machine in the back? I've had that since my 1st daughter was born and it works like a dream. As long as you take them in for routine maintenance, I really believe the old metal machines are worth their weight in gold. But this little 'brother' machine is SO fun with all its decorative stitches. It's as light as a feather and cost under $200.00 from Costco. I've noticed they also sell these at Target.

I think I'm in LOVE! : )
Another little tip to share:

If you have long cuts to make and you really need to hold that ruler in place, this is the gadget for you!
FAIR WARNING THOUGH: Don't take your young daughter along with you when you buy this puppy. The following was our conversation at the cash register...
Sara: "Soooooooo, it's come to this now. You're already starting to buy the Sr. Citizen stuff!"
Me: While rolling my eyes..."Noooooooo, this happens to be for something else, entirely."
Sara: "Yeah, right," while rolling her eyes. Hee-hee! Gotta love her!

I haven't done any dry embossing in a long time. This occasion called for some great playtime!

I love celebrating new life. Babies really do fill our hearts. : )

Congratulations sweet Liz and Daniel!!!


Allie and Pattie said...

Oh My!! Can we invite you when my NEXT grandchild comes along?? How adorable!! Your friend is a lucky lady
xoxo Pattie

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I will be needing that in the future at my house(news today at my blog) I know they are going to love that sweet gift! Jackie

Scrap for Joy said...

You and your "brother" did a great job on the cute blanket. A handmade gift shows such thoughtfulness. Your gripper handle is a very clever idea. There are times when I wish I had one of those to get me up off the floor...not as agile as I used to be! The card is adorable too ML.

GrandmaBev said...

What a beautiful blanket. It looks like you had a great time making it.

Jenglamgirl said...

all of it precious, way to go!!!

Kim's Treasures said...

Such a sweet, sweet blanket and card! What an amazing gift!

Jessabells said...

Very cute! I love that sewing machine.

Tami said...

So very the sewing machine...I have looked at machines sevearl times but have a hard time deciding which on to get.

Liz said...

I'm such a dork! I got halfway through reading your post when I realized that it was us! I'll pretend like I didn't know--how adorable! :)

Sewconsult said...

Great job & the card is a perfect icing on the cake!
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Anonymous said...

That is lovely fabric and the stitching is just beautiful. The finished presentation with your hand-crafted cards makes it all so special. What a blessed little boy he will be. Congrats to the parents and I hope they'll share a pic of him wrapped in this loving gift!

Mimi said...

HI M.L.!!!
That is a darling baby blanket!!! I need to get me a sewing machine like that, who knew they were so inexpensive??? You know couture clothing is so the in thing!!!!
I could sew up little dresses for Miss C!!!!!
Have a fun time

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Lucky you having such a great sewing machine! I have just started to sew again now that I finally have a Craft/Sewing room ( oldest son's room). I love that ruler and I will be looking for one! Thanks!

beckaboots said...

Love this cute gift! And the card is fantastic!

Jacqueline said...

Babies are everywhere. Check out the baby rabbits over in The Enchanted Playhouse. Are we having fun yet or what? What a sweet gift to make...I'll call you up when I become Granny Jacqueline some day. Have a beautiful Sunday. I'm off to a doll show!

Darlene said...

What a gorgeous blanket and I LOVE the stitching. How FABULOUS! You always make such special things. I am gonna say it again....I sure wish I was your neighbor!!!!!!♥

MiMi said...

I don't know what's cuter: the stitch on that blanked or the fabric itself! :)

Anne said...

Don't you LOVE sewing baby stuff??? I just fininshed a blanket, fancy burpclothes and the newest rage: the carseat cover blanket-thingy for our daughter's teacher: Who happened to have her baby on Olivia's birthday! So fun!! I am LOVING all of those great stitch options- I would have a field day putting cute edge details on everything! :0)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Babies are the best!!! This blanket is so sweet. You make it look so easy. Is IT???
Great job on the have inspired me today!!

My name is PJ. said...

Gorgeous. LOVE all the details from the card to the blanket. Take a bow, Macgyver. I misspell that all the time, I know.

I'd like the number 13 stitch on my blanket too, please! ;)

Stella said...

That gripper handle is a great idea. I am off to find one. And I think I may need a third sewing machine. The Brother looks like a keeper.

marmielu said...

Wow! It ALL looks so wonderful! I have a machine with lots of fancy stitches on it, but just play with them once in a while. I really like that little scallop stitch on that blanket. Adds just a little something.
Mary Lou
PS Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog.

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I adore that stitching on the blanket...It really turned out wonderful.
The card is amazing, is there nothing you can't do? Wow.

Hope you had a great weekend,

Mimi Sue said...

Very, very cute. Love your cute tag too. I have a bunch of stitches on my Viking machine that I've never used. I'm going to play with it and see what I can do. Mimi

marie said...

The blanket is perfect and the packaging is everything! Love the card too!

I never saw that gripper handle before ~ looks like a great idea to me!

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Love the little blanket and the "blanket stitch" I adore. I used to use it on little dresses I use to make for my daughters.
You are so creative and the wraping is so special.
A great job.
Take care and enjoy your day,

Diane said...

That is a wonderful Baby Gift and that stitch is just about the cutest I've seen. Thanks for the hit about the gripper thingy. I am working on a baby Boy Gift right now. And tomorrow we find out the sex of our next Grand baby! oxox, Diane

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jen said...

darling blanket! thanks for stopping by! just for you i posted the Carbonara recipe :)

luvs and glitter

Sue said...

Just gorgeous! You did such a lovely job, Im sure they'll love it!
My sewing machine, my hubby bought for me for my 21st! I know, not very exciting,but that was 22years ago! It desparately needs some work, it doesnt feed through by itself anymore! Its a Janome, and has so many stitches, including the one you used!

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

Babies really do fill holes in our hearts we didn't know were there!!!!!
Sounds as if Sara needs a good licking! (DH started this when our kids were young and learning how to be somewhat "sarcastic". He would say "sounds like you need a good licking to me" and then he would lick them, always on their cheeks. UGGGGG. It did become a challenge sometimes and I guess that was the fun! The grandsons have picked up this little habit and do their fair share of meting out this form of punishment back to grandpa! :-D ) Just some "grossness" from our family to yours! LOL
Enjoy your day.

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kanishk said...

What a beautiful blanket. It looks like you had a great time making it.
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Sassy said...

You are so talented.....I love the baby blanket and the card....your friend is so lucky to have you...especially if you make handmade gifts for her which ALWAYS means so much are so talented and that gripper is so smart!