Even though I've been making purses, wallets, and the occasional poorly-fitting dress for years, I've never considered sewing one of my "main" hobbies--maybe because I haven't really tried my hand at many sewing techniques. I just never found myself wanting anything appliqued or quilted, I suppose.
Since I've been pregnant, though, I'm using baby as an excuse to try my hand at making all kinds of baby-related paraphernalia! (Branching out from my usual repertoire of knitted baby sweaters and hats with ears on them.) In my mind, babies are ideal to craft for--the projects are small, quick, and then you have what I assume is a more-or-less captive victim...er, recipient to force to wear/use what you've made (as opposed to cats and husband, both of whom can put up quite the struggle)
So, I present: my first appliques--a set of pillows for the nursery sofa:
They are done more or less following this tutorial (http://sew4home.com/projects/pillows-cushions/946-michael-miller-fabrics-citron-gray-nursery-animal-applique-pillows
), minus the piping, because I'm lazy. We're doing a quasi-ocean theme for the nursery (still have to paint the walls) and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out! The fact that the pillow covers are easily removable and washable will be rather key, I imagine.
(HM are baby's initials, of course)
And..my first quilt:
This may be the most basic quilt anyone has ever seen (just stripes on one side, and one big piece of cotton flannel on the other, with binding), but, hey, you have to start somewhere. It's a good thing I kept it simple, because I had no idea how long quilting took! Even just running parallel rows of stitching on this crib-sized quilt took forever (to my impatient mind)! The flannel has little elephants all over it, which I realize do not quite fit in with the ocean theme, but which are adorable nonetheless. Come to think of it, I'm not actually sure what I will do with the quilt, since babies aren't supposed to have soft bedding in their cribs. Oh well. Perhaps I'll think of something if/when my "nesting" instinct kicks in.