Buried Treasure

I've finally unpacked the last of my craft room boxes (it only took 8 months!) and I found some buried treasure that I thought I'd share. First up, a couple of really special quilt tops: Quilt top with gold birds and indigo clouds appliquéd on it

My grandmother was a quilter, and this is one of a few quilt tops that she gave me several years ago. She had largely stopped quilting at that point, and I had just started. I had them out in my room for a while, but felt much too intimidated to even know were to start quilting them, and eventually they got put away for space reasons. This one is all hand turned and appliquéd, with beautiful golden birds and indigo clouds.

Close up of quilt top with gold birds and indigo clouds appliquéd on it

It's quite long, and I haven't yet decided if I'm going to keep it tapestry length, or cut it into two pieces to make a blanket. It would be the perfect size for a baby blanket, and as my grandmother is no longer with us, I like the idea of making our (eventual) baby something that she started.

The other quilt top from her is more of a lap size:

Quilt top made with solid blue squares and blue and white checked squares

Again, it's all hand quilted patchwork. I think when I do quilt these, I'll hand quilt them, maybe with a bit of machine stitching in the ditch to stabilize it. I'm just now, some 5 or 6 years later, feeling confident enough in both of these skills to feel like I'll do them justice.  I'm really glad that I didn't just use these as practice projects, and I think they'll be beautiful with some careful planning.

Next up is an apron that I bought on sale right after my husband and I moved in together. It seemed like a good idea to have a cute apron for our brand new kitchen, and this one had a cupcake already drawn onto it (it was a kit, I think from Martha Stewart), so it seemed like an easy project. And it was...3 years later. I found it in the boxes and finally stitched it up, which took about an hour and made me feel really dumb for not just doing it sooner!

Apron with hand embroidered cupcake on it

I also found a baby bunting that I made from a Debbie Bliss pattern:

Baby sleep sack made from yellow wool

This was one of my first knitting projects, and you can tell that I wasn't so good at seams yet. It's also made out of wool, which is not exactly the most practical yarn for a baby garment, but at least it's warm! I think I'll redo the seams and add snaps in the enclosure rather than velcro, but then it can go to a new home.

Back of baby sleep sack made from yellow wool

And last but not least, not something I made, but treasure all the same:

Stuffed sewn letters spelling out "love"

This was made for me when I was a baby, and was in my room for my whole childhood. It came with me when I moved out on my own, and has lived in whatever space I used for sewing for the last few years.  It's looking a little worse for the wear, admittedly, but I still love it, and it's been restored to it's proper place above my craft desk.

So there you have it, my version of buried treasure! Pretty sure I would have been an excellent pirate :P.