Hand Stitched Hearts Blanket

Pattern: Project designed by Anna Maria & sewn by Brittney, details below
Materials: Lovely Knit Kit w Alabama Chanin & Anna Maria Knits

Well there is no limit to the amount of sweetness we could have created with these soft and wearable fabrics, but we were inspired by the love in the air around Valentine's Day and feel certain that it should be celebrated all year, along with all the people that you love.

Last August, we had the immense pleasure of hosting the imitable Natalie Chanin for a weekend workshop in our temporary Craft South studio.  I led tutorials on sewing with interlock and jersey fabrics using your home sewing machine, while Natalie spent a day teaching her ways of hand sewing her beautiful garments which included various styles of applique and embellishing organic jersey.  She had brought along several sample combinations of my printed knits with her stenciled and appliqued solids. The experience for all involved proved as inspiring as it was relaxing.  But then our friend Natalie has that effect on people. 

In addition to enjoying several AC projects, I have sewn a bazillion items from my Anna Maria Knits collection and have accumulated so many pre-washed scraps that simply had to be put to good use.  I figured perhaps you might want to take advantage of the scraps without doing all the sewing that led to them.  Taking cues from our weekend together, her amazing books, and my love for hand quilting I felt that creating a fresh layer of love was in order.  So the idea for this little blanket was born, and our friend Brittney had the pleasure of sewing it up by hand alongside her little Liam (9 mos).  As much as we love our machines, it is nice to have a quiet break for hand work and babies.  They go so well together.

The background is just one simple un-hemmed yard of Alabama Chanin 100% USA grown organic cotton jersey.  And the rows of hearts are cut from scraps of my Anna Maria Knits collection.  The stitching was done in a simple running style and using a pearl cotton.   Edges are raw.  Knots are proud and visible.  The heart-shaped stitching is as illustrative from the front as it is from the back.  The result is completely lovable.  We have kits available in the shop including all the pre-washed fabrics shown ready to immediately become a gift, but certainly something that will be well-loved. (We can also imagine a set of applique t-shirts and newborn caps!)

Stay tuned for our exciting plans with Alabama Chanin in 2015! xo, Anna Maria