Sewn With Love: Jackie Cohen
This adorable baby quilt features all our favorite nursery rhyme characters.
After 24 years of moving around with her military husband, Jackie Cohen was happy to finally settle in Elizabethtown, KY. One of the things she's been able to enjoy as part of her new retirement lifestyle is exploring the features on her Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition. So when her niece had her second child, she decided to try some embroidery on a baby quilt.
Jackie says, "We have finally been in one place long enough to settle, see our own children grow, and reinforce family ties with those back home in WI... and I can take up a new hobby."
She used to sew clothing for her kids when they were small but hadn't done much in a long time. Then she happened to visit Moore's Sewing Center in Louisville and got bit by the the embroidery/quilting bug. After lots of investigation, she treated herself to a Memory Craft 11000 Special Edition sewing, quilting and embroidery machine.
She soon got a chance to try out the embroidery.
"In June my brother's oldest daughter had her second child," says Jackie. "The idea occurred to me that a handmade baby quilt tucked into a new diaper bag would be a great welcome-to-the-family gift. I decided on a Nursery Rhyme theme -- a fun project using appliqués."
Among the characters she put on her quilt were Old King Cole, Mary (Who Had a Little Lamb), Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Old Woman In A Shoe, Lil' Bo Peep, Humpty Dumpty, Hickory Dickory Dock, Row Row Your Boat, and Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater.
Jackie was very happy with the way it turned out, especially since she says she's an "amateur" at embroidery. We think it's absolutely beautiful. What a lucky grand-nephew.
Jackie adds, "I have had my machine for a year and am still exploring all its possibilities. I love starting new projects, but have the most difficulty making a final decision on color schemes... there are soooo many choices."
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