A Difficult Day
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A handmade baby blanket


When Chris's grandmother passed away two years ago, I inherited her sewing machine. At the time, I didn't even know how to sew but no one else wanted the machine and Chris knew I had an interest in learning. The machine is a 1950's Elna Supermatic in avocado green and it's in great condition. I felt so honored to be given something that Chris's grandmother used so often and I love that it's something that I can continue to use, instead of something that will sit on a shelf. The sewing machine also has special significance to me because Chris's grandmother sewed my mother-in-law's wedding dress on the machine, which I also wore at my own wedding (amazingly, it fit nearly perfectly and only had to be let out about half an inch).

Slowly, with my mother-in-law guiding me, I've been learning to sew. Recently, I completed my first sewing project: a play quilt from the wonderful Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter. I was so proud of my simple little quilt that I nearly didn't want to give it away! But of course I was happy to give it to our good friends - who are expecting their first baby any day now!

I loved giving a gift that was unique and handmade and I'm hoping to be able sew presents for all my friends who have babies. That should keep me pretty busy!