What better way to shower a first-time mother-to-be than by creating a gift from the heart. And if you can deliver it in person – all the better! Last weekend, our family showered our niece with dozens of gifts for the new baby. Lucky girl that she is, some of those gifts – well, many of those gifts – were made by hand. I gathered the handmade items for a photograph to share with you because I know many of you love to stitch for others.
Two of my sisters created gorgeous items. The grandmother-to-be not only made a quilt and matching crib bumpers but also crocheted a blanket. The great-grands jumped into it too! The gorgeous mint green crocheted blanket was made by her paternal great-grandmother. And my mom, the maternal great-grand, doesn’t sew or craft but she knows where to turn to get the job done. (No, she doesn’t turn to me!). A fellow assisted living resident crocheted the diaper bag and wipes container. Oh wow. A big hit with the hipster parents-to-be.
A dear family friend, Kathy, made the sheep applique quilt. Kathy is multi-talented in the crafting world and really pulled out all the stops with the quilt. Intricate piecing and raw edge applique are brought to life by gorgeous quilting. Kathy is new to quilting but you would never know by the looks of this quilt.
The new babe’s room will be decorated with a Sunshine theme and my stitching sister Marie Zinno went to town on that theme. She stole the show with her diaper cake, 12 onesies and embroidered pillow.
The gray daisy quilt in the background was my contribution to the new baby’s room. I told the mother to use it, not hang it on the wall. I said, “When I see this quilt in a year or two, I want it to be rumbled and well-loved – not preserved!”
Marie and I were so lucky to attend and give these gifts to our niece in person. Our schedules are pretty intense but the shower was set around our Stitching Sisters events. The shower was in New Jersey on Sunday and we led some very lovely ladies in a 2-day hands-on seminar in Maryland on Friday and Saturday. We had a blast with these fine ladies and many of them went home with new skills and goodies. Here’s a couple of happy faces.
Then we hit the road and drove through the early spring farmlands of Southern New Jersey to arrive in time for the shower. Whew! But it was worth it. And we’re not done yet. In two weeks we head to one of our favorite dealerships in the country, Moore’s Sewing in Pomona and Huntington Beach, CA. It’s been two years since our last visit and we have an all-new presentation for George Moore and his customers. We can’t wait to get there – in fact, I’m pretty sure Marie is already packing her bags cause it’s still gray and dreary in Ohio!