lesleycarter:

A blogging friend is making a quilt for Athena and it is more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. The community and sense of belonging that surrounds me in the blogging world is heart warming. Thank you to all of my followers, readers, and friends. Today is a good day because you are part of it.

Originally posted on LTC Lancashire:

As my nearest fabric store is about a 40 mile round trip I always try to stock up, especially as their stock is constantly changing and you never know what fabrics will be available next time you visit.   Saturday morning’s trip yielded some lovely fabrics, a few of the fabrics will be used during the making of the forest baby quilt.

Various fabric suitable for patchwork quilts

Patchwork squares

Using a rotary cutter I cut the chosen fabric into squares, several plasters (band aids) later and I was ready to start embroidering the name and date of birth of the recipient.

Baby's name and date of birth

Although the embroidery looks all right in the hoop, I wish the pink was a heavier fabric because despite using a tear away stabiliser underneath and a water soluble stabiliser on top there was still some puckering of the fabric.  I made sure the fabric was taut in the hoop and even tried using 2 layers of tear away stabiliser, however the results didn’t improve…

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  1. Hi Lesley,
    Just enjoying your posts. First off, sincere Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful girl! I saw her photos :) Indeed, a stunning gift from a friend. I agree that blogging creates strong and generous bonds. I myself have strung together cancer awareness bracelets for a blog friend and her sister. And, it felt good sharing.

  2. A lovely idea for a gift. I would never have guessed that blogging could bring such a sense of community, the variety of friends I have made constantly amazes me too. :)

  3. Mazel tov on your baby’s birth AND the amazing stats you’ve already accomplished for your blog. My daughter, who’s at Stanford Med and has one girl age 2 and is expecting her second child in Sept., NEVER EVEN USED BABY FOODS. You might want to consider it. Jo, my granddaughter, is an adventurous eater and robust.

  4. good for you ..my mom her mom and so on made quilts i was given a pass, tho i do sew. I think i regret it now but i did make one before my babes … they aren’t easy!!! (^:

  5. Hi Lesley. Thanks for liking my post, “Fun in Columbus, Ohio, Happens All Year Round” linking to the “40 Things for Kids to Do in Columbus, Ohio” article. I appreciate your blog as well, in addition to your ‘enjoy life’ attitude.

  6. “Athena” . . that’s a great name! My oldest daughter, in Oklahoma is named Athena (Adele). Thanks for stopping by my blog “Wild Side” and appreciating my article about Killdeer. Best to you and your baby, Athena.

  7. Congratulations on the joy of bringing a new life into this world – and thanks for your like of my blog (@KMbeing.com). I hope the birth of your beautiful daughter is a reminder that the potential for knowledge sharing and development is so amazing and so valuable for every life. Best wishes.

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