I began a baby quilt for my niece at my last Sisters Sewing week-end. I had prepared fusible appliques of farm animals and hearts, using thirties reproduction fabrics. These were fused to 6-1/2 inch muslin squares. Now, I am outlining the edges of the applique shapes with buttonhole stitches. It makes a great take-a-long project. I could easily complete these squares on the sewing machine, but doing them by hand, I can take them with me anywhere. They may take longer to finish by hand, but I am actually finishing more of them doing it this way, because I haven't had much time in my sewing room, as late.
Here are the blocks that I have finished so far.
I have several more blocks to complete, but the process has gone quickly. I completed these blocks over the last week, during travel time only. Next, I have to make scrappy nine patch blocks, using the same fabrics as the appliques. These will be alternated with the applique blocks to make the baby quilt. It's a fairly easy pattern, but makes for a lot of fun. I really enjoy handiwork, so I find the buttonhole stitching enjoyable. This project should go together more quickly than some that I've done. And, it better, since I waited a long time to start it. My niece is due next month.