my daughter sent of her littles with their presents from grandma!
I love this photo. Even though I made both capes for Britton, I love that he is sharing and that Abby is wearing one too. I love that they are holding hands. I love the picture on the wall above their sweet little heads. I love how it looks like she is taking such good care of her little brother. And I love that he has one pants leg up and the other down. I really just love this photo.
No pictures of Rapunzel yet. I hope she likes that one too.
And her momma has already ordered fabric for a few more princess dresses.
Maybe there will be enough fabric for a few more superheroes too.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I missed my friend's baby shower because unfortunately it was the same day as the ECMQG A&E Field Trip (you can read all about it here and here.) And, of course, I hadn't made the gift yet. (Don't tell, but I bought the fabric for this one at the A&E field trip.)
The fabric is mostly Tula Pink Salt Water with a few random pieces added. The pattern is the Charm Baby Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman. I quilted it with just loops because that was the kind of mood I was in. Loops are so fast and easy, and you don't really have to think... and before you know it, it's done. Especially baby quilts. I really like making baby quilts.
I also had need to make a girl quilt, and I chose this Swanky jelly roll by Chez Moi that was just sitting on the shelf. Bright and cheerful and girly without being too pink, don't you think? The pattern is a new design called Ribbon Candy by Diane of From Blank Pages, and I believe it'll be out very soon. Diane asked that I not share photos of the full quilt yet, so here's just a snippet of what it looks like. I really love these fabrics for a baby girl quilt. I quilted it with all-over loops also. As I said, I was just in that kind of mood.
Sometimes, I really love a quick finish project. Makes me feel so productive, you know?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Very basic, but I don't think elaborate would necessarily have made him happier.
Oh, and I found out something interesting - Wonder Under doesn't work on felt. Luckily, even though the cape is slippery, felt just naturally kind of stays put, so the fact that the Wonder Under didn't stick wasn't a huge deal.
Just to prove Grandma doesn't play favorites.
I can't wait to see him play in them!
Monday, April 21, 2014
here and here about the princess dresses I was making for my granddaughter, Abby. The Elsa dress appears to be a big hit - enough so that taking it off to be washed has become something of an issue.
And I just wasn't happy with it. The ribbon puckered all down the front and when I pressed the ribbon, the design came off.
Yes, that's much better.
Here's hoping she likes her new princess dresses.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
First is my Modern Maples quilt. The quilt top and backing has been finished since at least September or October, and it has been sandwiched since Halloween, but I've only just now gotten it quilted. But I love the texture the quilting gave it.
this post, from way back in June of 2013, I created the blocks from the Stripes That Bind bundle from Westwood Acres. (Let me just say that Amanda puts together such awesome collections!) And yes, it's been sitting there a really long time. I actually think it has been sandwiched since about last August.
And it just sat there. And sat there. And every time I looked at it I thought, "You know, I really should get that down off the shelf and quilt it. It wouldn't take that long..." And still it sat there.
I got it down off the shelf on Saturday evening, and quilted a couple of the hexagons. And then on Monday I quilted a couple more. On Tuesday, I finally decided to just sit-down-and-finish-it-already!
So, that's two finishes already in April! I'm so excited!
This one is also one more toward my making every quilt in Camille Roskelly's Simplify book. Only a few more to go!
And hearts (of a sort) in the inner border. I never did manage to get the hearts as consistent as I would have liked.
They are far from perfect, but respectable, I think for a first try. I obviously need more practice.
So, I think that's six...
Breath of Avignon
Faux String Quilt
finishes this year from the 14 in 2014 list. Only 8 more to go in 8 months!! Woohoo!
I might just be able to do this!
Friday, April 11, 2014
Elsa dress and it didn't need as many adjustments. I took a lot of the fullness out of the skirt, but the bodice and sleeves were perfect. The photo (above) looks like there is an under-sleeve, but I decided that on a 4 year old it would only be in the way, so I left it off.
I used dance/swim fabric for the skirt and bodice back of the dress, but while Joann's had a lovely dark purple, they didn't have any lavender and the only pink was way too orange and looked horrible with the purple. Consequently, I settled on a satin for the bodice front. I made faux corset ties with ribbon across the front, and added a bit of lace at the neckline. I was about three inches short of having enough lace to add to the hem, and then decided that with a 5-inch hem, the idea is to let out the hem as she grows, and the lace would cause trouble.
very special friend, but I couldn't help noticing her attire.)
So now the dress is finished, but before I pop it in the mail, I'm thinking I should go figure out how to make super hero capes for her brother...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The fabric seat? Not so much.
When I went to visit when Britton was born, Amanda asked me to make a new stroller seat to fit the frame.
That seat is still going strong - despite the abuse that has been inflicted on it over the past two years. In fact, you will probably find the stroller the toy of choice at any given moment. It is just so much fun to push around - whether or not there is anything on the seat.
in my Etsy Shop. If you have a need for a replacement cover, drop on by.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Everyone seems to want to make everything smaller. Including quilt blocks.
Have you seen the crazy small quilt blocks my lovely daughter has been making?? Oh my gosh, they're adorable! (But maybe just a mite too small for me, really.)
But I did need a mini quilt for a swap recently and decided to try my hand at one of Camille's adorable little patterns. This one is the mini Rain Check, and it's free on her blog right now. And remarkably, I even had an April Showers charm pack sitting around.
And being as I'm from Seattle originally, I've always been just a little crazy about umbrellas. And teeny tiny umbrellas are even better.
You know what they say about those of us from Seattle, right? We don't tan in the summer - we rust! Bwahahah! (Sorry.)
love/hate relationship with fusible web, and this time was no different. It just didn't want to bond as well as I thought it should, particularly on these super-tiny pieces. Next time I may try embroidering the handles, instead of the fusible web.
These little umbrellas are super fun!
Which cute little mini quilt shall I do next?