A nice, warm blanket.
The blanket top was pieced together with a length of horse print cotton and a watery blue cotton print from the local fabric store. The batting is warm and natural unbleached cotton, with a solid green cotton flannel backing.
I do so love this horse print, and it goes very nicely with last year's handmade birthday gift...
This teepee, a favorite reading/hiding/scheming place for all the little ones.
While not the most challenging sewing project, this blanket was certainly the largest I've undertaken. I was reminded of a few very basic, yet very important, rules while working on it:
- Measure, measure and measure again (I could have sworn I had enough blue fabric for both the front and the back)
- Pins exist for a reason. It's good to use them (and also, who knows why, I really do work better with a pin held in my teeth.)
- The seam ripper is your friend. While it may hurt to undo a large section of work (twice), the results when you get it right (it helps to use those pins; see above) are worth the effort.
And another, more personal reminder: I truly do enjoy making things for my family. Makes a girl feel good.